“The Living Word is Loving”
💦A continuation of:
“Our Daily Bread” and
“Communion” and
“The Living Word is our Eucharist”
…Bible Verses with Running Commentary

The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit
“Understanding”💠
Proverbs 8:12
12 I wisdom dwell with prudence,
and find out knowledge of witty inventions.

📜Bible Readings Α-Ω
*In Progress:🌊
*Completed:💦
The Old Testament (AKJV)
1. Genesis💦
2. Exodus💦
3. Leviticus💦
4. Numbers💦
5. Deuteronomy💦
6. Joshua💦
7. Judges💦
8. Ruth💦
9. 1 Samuel💦
10. 2 Samuel💦
11. 1 Kings💦
12. 2 Kings💦
13. 1 Chronicles💦
14. 2 Chronicles💦
15. Ezra💦
16. Nehemiah💦
17. 🕯Tobit🌊
18. 🕯Judith
19. Esther💦
20. 🕯1 Maccabees
21. 🕯2 Maccabees
22. Job💦
23. Psalms🌊
24. Proverbs💦
25. Ecclesiastes💦
26. Song of Solomon💦
27. 🕯Wisdom
28. 🕯Sirach
29. Isaiah💦
30. Jeremiah🌊
31. Lamentations
32. 🕯Baruch
33. Ezekiel
34. 🕯Daniel
35. Hosea
36. Joel
37. Amos
38. Obadiah
39. Jonah
40. Micah
41. Nahum
42. Habakkuk
43. Zephaniah
44. Haggai
45. Zechariah
46. Malachi
Deuterocanonical, Apocrypha🕯(NABRE)
Tobit
Judith, 1 and 2
Maccabees
Wisdom
Sirach
Baruch
Esther
Daniel
The New Testament (AKJV)
1. Matthew💦
2. Mark💦
3. Luke💦
4. John💦
5. Acts (of the Apostles)💦
6. Romans💦
7. 1 Corinthians💦
8. 2 Corinthians💦
9. Galatians💦
10. Ephesians💦
11. Philippians💦
12. Colossians💦
13. 1 Thessalonians💦
14. 2 Thessalonians💦
15. 1 Timothy💦
16. 2 Timothy💦
17. Titus💦
18. Philemon💦
19. Hebrews💦
20. James💦
21. 1 Peter💦
22. 2 Peter💦
23. 1 John💦
24. 2 John💦
25. 3 John💦
26. Jude💦
27. Revelation💦
http://www.biblegateway.com

Sunday 4/9/17
“So You’re the Head.
Neato! Are You also the Brain?”
(Lol!)

Monday 4/10/17
🦋
(Selections from:)
-Exodus 3
-Matthew 22
-Psalm 19
-Revelation 3
-Revelation 5
-Benjamin Franklin

“I AM THAT I AM! Say that I AM sent you!”
…so YOU ARE THAT YOU ARE. Ok, got it!

“The 7th Gift of the Spirit”🦄
The meaning of life is Awe. This is the beginning of real life, in kinship with God. The Great Commandment is to love God.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_gifts_of_the_Holy_Spirit

“Cliff-Hanger”🦅
In leaving my threads of the story hanging, like a cliff-hanger, I can keep you in suspense and therefore attentive to me! This story will not have a finite resolution that I will let you rest upon, at least for more than a moment or two, any more than an eternity knot could have a final loop–that would mean the end of it! I will keep bringing in some new element or twist to Our story that will raise more questions, to keep you on your toes. I want you to be comfortable with ambiguity and to rely upon Me for your security, as your “resolution,” instead of upon the knowledge that bestow to you as gifts.

Oh goody, I’m excited! 🐩
(“What did you think it means!?”)

“Appreciate God”💐
In starting off from a place of love for God, all else falls into perfect alignment, in accordance with His perfect will. To appreciate life one must begin with the Truth. Belief in God, as our loving Heavenly Father, willing only the best for us all according to His omniscience, is the only starting point wherein one may derive true and worthwhile meaning from life. This life is to be accepted as “good” and appreciated, not fretted over, by faith in God’s love for us and the consequential desire to give back and repay that love, to God directly, and therefore to our brethren also, as His Own property and children. If I am worrying instead of appreciating, then I have missed the point and meaning of life. I am being cared for by God at all times, whether I choose to recognize, acknowledge, and accept that love and guidance or not. I can work with God, if I so choose, in cooperation with His divine and eternal plan, or I can choose not to. My freewill is my opportunity to choose God instead of self, and thus demonstrate the responsibility and maturity to accept direction and correction from God, for my own betterment and unique improvement, according to His indubitable wisdom. God’s direction inherently surpasses any human or earthly knowledge that I, of my own self, could ever provide, and so choosing God’s way over my way is the wisest choice a human could ever make. Trusting that God has me under His wing, and being willing to follow Him, after the fashion of Jesus, is the proper way to live.

“Love for God Provides Willingness”🥀🌹
Always realigning and readjusting my sails to keep up my responsibility, to love God, by thinking my thoughts as prayers of thanks, vows of willingness to follow, and professing undying love, directed to Him and Jesus as my resolution or decision, enables me to feel secure, and in fact entails the necessity of this sense of security, which is possible only through trust in God rather than my fallible self. In “loving God” as the outline and direction for my mind, my heart and thoughts, I can appreciate the life He gave me rather than fear after how best to take care of myself. Whenever I’m upset, telling God, in silent prayer throughout all my daily activities, literally all day long, always calms me and provides me with the hope, as an upwards and upright direction, and the momentum, or force, to power me through to God’s solution for me. God’s solution is always love, and doing my part to love Him too ensures my eventual arrival upon this respite of Love. We always keep going in this manner as long as we trust in the Lord. Fear of the Lord is simply intense appreciation, and the desire to never be apart from the presence of God. This Fear of the Lord, as Wonder or Awe, is the motivation that provides the willingness to overcome any obstacle, to fuel my ability in any undertaking, as this fuel, or motive, is itself almighty by being “love for God.” In being directed towards and for God, this concerted effort and attention, or focused concentration of energy, is prone and susceptible to receiving His all-powerful influence, which provides the means by which one may prevail over any adversity.

“Gifts of the Spirit”🎄
Facing life with humility before God and the desire to express appreciation for His artistry and creation, much as a work of art intended for my benefit and enjoyment, is the proper and correct approach to life. If I face this life from a position of pride, meaning self-will, self-direction, or ego, instead of humility before God, then I will inevitably always wind up being, perhaps unintentionally so, critical and judgmental. In issuing a critique to God, appreciation is overlooked and actually made impossible. Additionally, the practice of exercising judgement or evaluative criticisms of this life precludes my ability to appreciate it. I am to start out with “Awe” by recognizing that this creation is a masterpiece by God to be exalted, and that it is overstepping my position to complain or find fault with His work. In priming myself to look, with pious humility, for the good parts, and to offer up my eternal praises and thanks, as an ongoing sequence of thoughts of gratitude and appreciation to God, I will feel that appreciation, and quite acutely. I will only ever feel the joy of gratitude when I actively intend to appreciate God. Simply to make an effort to slow down and savor life, to stop periodically to take a breather and “smell the roses,” by meditating on this blessing of the present moment, is to derive meaning and please the Lord. Focusing upon the good opens me up to to good; however, If I look for faults, I will surely find them, and also will I find the corresponding misery that comes from taking that standpoint of self, or ego and haughty arrogance, and the audacity to issue criticism instead of appreciation.

“Making Wise the Simple”🎋
This life is a work of art, not an equation. There is nothing to “figure out,” just enjoyment to be had from simple living. There is no “great mystery” to solve and answer, just the “miracles” of God’s power. The complication of life is the result of the human ego, as sin, greed, and arrogance. The simplest explanation is truly the most infallible and divine, as flawless parsimony. God is Love. Love the Lord God, follow after Him and His Commandments, as the indisputable and clear-cut dictates of the conscience, live by His upright morality, be useful, and walk humbly with the Lord. God truly is enough, there is nothing more to seek past this one perfect relationship.

Exodus 3
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
3 Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb. 2 And the angel of the Lordappeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. 3 And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. 4 And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I. 5 And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest isholy ground. 6 Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.
7 And the Lord said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; 8 and I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites. 9 Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them. 10 Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.
11 And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt? 12 And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain. 13 And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? 14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. 15 And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations. 16 Go, and gather the elders of Israel together, and say unto them, The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, appeared unto me, saying, I have surely visited you, and seenthat which is done to you in Egypt: 17 and I have said, I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt unto the land of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, unto a land flowing with milk and honey. 18 And they shall hearken to thy voice: and thou shalt come, thou and the elders of Israel, unto the king of Egypt, and ye shall say unto him, The Lord God of the Hebrews hath met with us: and now let us go, we beseech thee, three days’ journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God. 19 And I am sure that the king of Egypt will not let you go, no, not by a mighty hand. 20 And I will stretch out my hand, and smite Egypt with all my wonders which I will do in the midst thereof: and after that he will let you go. 21 And I will give this people favour in the sight of the Egyptians: and it shall come to pass, that, when ye go, ye shall not go empty: 22 but every woman shall borrow of her neighbour, and of her that sojourneth in her house, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment: and ye shall put them upon your sons, and upon your daughters; and ye shall spoil the Egyptians.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus+3&version=AKJV

Matthew 22:34-40
34 But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together. 35 Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, 36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+22&version=AKJV

Psalm 19:7-14
7 The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul:
the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.
8 The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart:
the commandment of the Lord ispure, enlightening the eyes.
9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever:
the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold:
sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
11 Moreover by them is thy servant warned:
and in keeping of them there is great reward.
12 Who can understand his errors?
cleanse thou me from secret faults.
13 Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins;
let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright,
and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.
14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart,
be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord,
my strength, and my redeemer.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+19&version=AKJV

Revelation 3:19-22
19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. 21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. 22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+3&version=AKJV

Revelation 5:5-6
5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. 6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+5&version=AKJV

“The Lucky 13″🐍
“We must, indeed, all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately.” (-Benjamin Franklin)
-In the Continental Congress just before signing the Declaration of Independence, 1776.
http://www.ushistory.org/valleyforge/history/franklin.html

✒️”The Truth”🖋
The sword of the Spirit is double-edged; he who wields the Word of God is equally intended as its audience, and implored to abide by His corrections and rebuffs just the same as anyone else. Humility is required, as no one is exempt from the scourging of the loving tutelage of God.
🍀

Tuesday 4/11/17
☃️
“Wear life like a loose garment, but wear God like a pair of long-johns.”
(Selections from:)
-John 7
-Luke 1
-Jeremiah 17
-Psalm 63

“The Word of the Lord”🌬
God is at the lips of those who seek Him, ready and willing to step in and intervene. The more I let go and give up on myself, the more God shines through as my Hero. The stream of thought, as a current of brainwaves, and the copacetic ripples of goodness and positive energy that praising God emits from my psyche, is that deep river of the Word, within each of us.

“Cleave unto the Lord”⛈
I interpret this powerful prayer and mantra in more than one way. I strive to apply myself to God and His teachings as like paint or spackle unto a Temple. I wrap myself around God and let Him occupy my core, treating Him as my Heart and Soul. I stick tight to the Word and God like glue, abiding and adhering to God’s will, and not mine, thus supplanting and transplanting myself, my soul and my life, to be replaced by His ultimate Being and His all-powerful strength, as my Fortress of faith and love.
❄️
By trusting in God and adhering to His Commandments, I also strive to cleave unto the lord by opening myself up, laying myself utterly and completely prone to His care and influence, by baring my soul to God, revealing every nook and cranny for Him to fill in and remedy with His healing. In prying myself wide open, leaving myself fully vulnerable to His mercy and avail, I allow His mighty love to gradually suffuse my being with His glory; I am glorifying God by rejecting and giving up on myself, or self-sufficiency. In opening myself up, with all honesty and in the penury of utter and humble dependence, with a meekness and childlike neediness, arms outstretched in all expectant innocence by my trust in His care, and then clinging to the Lord with steadfast grit and reliance, in all resolute earnestness waiting upon God as my only hope and Savior, then and only then may I truthfully and wholeheartedly take root in His almighty love, and secure myself firmly down, as successfully replanted within the Temple of God’s eternal redeeming grace.

“The Right Angle”💧
Interpreting a problem from multiple different angles to uncover a solution allows for the most novel and unique remedies, by new and ingenious designs. Converging upon a single point from various different angles is an innovative approach to dispersing the intensity of the various view points, to more evenly and equally distribute and diffuse the burden of a weighty and piercing focus of mind. To interpret a sacred text from multiple translations or angles, in order to arrive at the heart of the meaning through the use of various different starting points, can be an effective means by which to derive the most complete and thorough meaning from a text. Using different variations or translations of the same piece can offer a wider breadth of insight into what the Author truly intended, and provide additional refinements or valuable new perspectives that otherwise might have gone unnoticed, but been sorely though unknowingly missed, as like a vacancy within the core, just waiting to be filled.
💦

John 7:37-39
37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. 38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. 39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+7&version=AKJV

Luke 1:11-20
11 And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. 12 And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. 13 But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. 14 And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth. 15 For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb. 16 And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God. 17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.
18 And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years. 19 And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings. 20 And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+1&version=AKJV

Jeremiah 17:5-14
5 Thus saith the Lord;
Cursed be the man that trusteth in man,
and maketh flesh his arm,
and whose heart departeth from the Lord.
6 For he shall be like the heath in the desert,
and shall not see when good cometh;
but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness,
in a salt land and not inhabited.
7 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord,
and whose hope the Lord is.
8 For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters,
and that spreadeth out her roots by the river,
and shall not see when heat cometh,
but her leaf shall be green;
and shall not be careful in the year of drought,
neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
9 The heart is deceitful above all things,
and desperately wicked: who can know it?
10 I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins,
even to give every man according to his ways,
and according to the fruit of his doings.
11 As the partridge sitteth on eggs, and hatcheth them not;
so he that getteth riches, and not by right,
shall leave them in the midst of his days,
and at his end shall be a fool.
12 A glorious high throne from the beginning
is the place of our sanctuary.
13 O Lord, the hope of Israel,
all that forsake thee shall be ashamed,
and they that depart from me shall be written in the earth,
because they have forsaken the Lord,
the fountain of living waters.
14 Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed;
save me, and I shall be saved:
for thou art my praise.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Jeremiah+17&version=AKJV

Proverbs 21
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
21 The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water:
    he turneth it whithersoever he will.
2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes:
    but the Lord pondereth the hearts.
3 To do justice and judgment
    is more acceptable to the Lordthan sacrifice.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs+21&version=AKJV

Psalm 63
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah.
1 O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee:
my soul thirsteth for thee,
my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;
2 to see thy power and thy glory,
so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.
3 Because thy lovingkindness is better than life,
my lips shall praise thee.
4 Thus will I bless thee while I live:
I will lift up my hands in thy name.
5 My soul shall be satisfied as withmarrow and fatness;
and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips:
6 when I remember thee upon my bed,
and meditate on thee in the nightwatches.
7 Because thou hast been my help,
therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.
8 My soul followeth hard after thee:
thy right hand upholdeth me.
9 But those that seek my soul, to destroy it, shall go into the lower parts of the earth.
10 They shall fall by the sword:
they shall be a portion for foxes.
11 But the king shall rejoice in God;
every one that sweareth by him shall glory:
but the mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+63&version=AKJV

Wednesday 4/12/17
“I’m in Hell!”⛄️
“…Is there anything I can do to help?”🕊
Plan of Attack:
“We’re gonna dumbfound ’em with love.”
(Shhhh!)🎖🎖🎖🎖(🎖)

(Selections from:)
-Daily Liturgy
-Jude 1
-Luke 1
-Luke 2
-1 Corinthians 15
-Psalm 118
-Psalm 145

“Magnificat: My Soul Magnifies the Lord”
…There’s an ap for that!
http://us.magnificat.net/home/online/

Jude 1:9
9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Jude+1&version=AKJV

Luke 1:26-55
26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name wasMary. 28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. 29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. 30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. 31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. 32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: 33 and he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? 35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. 36 And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. 37 For with God nothing shall be impossible. 38 And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.
39 And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda; 40 and entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth. 41 And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: 42 and she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. 43 And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. 45 And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.
46 And Mary said,
My soul doth magnify the Lord,
47 and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
48 For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden:
for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
49 For he that is mighty hath done to me great things;
and holy is his name.
50 And his mercy is on them that fear him
from generation to generation.
51 He hath shewed strength with his arm;
he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
52 He hath put down the mighty from their seats,
and exalted them of low degree.
53 He hath filled the hungry with good things;
and the rich he hath sent empty away.
54 He hath holpen his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy;
55 as he spake to our fathers,
to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+1&version=AKJV

Luke 2:8-15
8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12 And this shall bea sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+2&version=AKJV

1 Corinthians 15:50-58
50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. 51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Corinthians+15&version=AKJV

“Obedience.”🐩
Sit, stay, heel; also, don’t eat my Apple! There is a power beyond all human limitations of understanding, surpassing all mortal powers, but interwoven and intertwined within the very fabric of Time, and so imbedded and enmeshed within all of creation, and thus constituting all ensuing existence. God can be found anytime and anywhere, because He exists within the composition of Time, as “Now.”
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All that one must do to find God is to earnestly seek Him, and, voilà, He is here! The Kingdom of God is always within. God is accessed as an idea, and the simple act of praying to Him, by name, is enough to align one’s mind to God’s force and thus tap into His infinite and eternal resources. Meditation is a discipline, and patience to listen requires effort and diligent practice.
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God acts upon the human ego and psyche as the “conscience.” God is the very essence of the Virtues, and is inherently always supreme perfection of goodness. Divine love, as the Latin “caritas,” or the Greek “àgapē,” or Christian selfless love for God, is the will, choice, or intention to love, rather than just a banal, carnal and inert, sensual feeling. This perfection of Love is the umbrella Virtue from which all the other Virtues, and indeed any form of goodness, flow, from our Heavenly Father.
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To acclaim this love as reality, above and beyond any superficial appearance of reality, and to act in accordance with this guiding principle, of loving diligently without exception, under any and all circumstances regardless of any other factors or conditions, is to align with God.
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In aligning to God’s will, one may slowly begin to tap into this vast and unlimited reservoir of His miracle-working potential. Living life becomes like a continuous dance, or a duet of synchronicity with God, and His outpouring into the stream of all goodness, as the Source of all that is precious and worthwhile in this world.
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To align with God’s will and enter into this eternal River, or stream of life’s goodness, one may simply follow after and abide by the dictates on the conscience, as God has etched His law into the mind, the heart and soul, of every living creature. There is no need for formal law to convey to us the difference between right and wrong, because the Lord has entered it into our hearts as our inborn moral compass. Simply seeking to do the right thing, instead of following after sin, selfishness, and corruption, is enough to get the ball rolling, and create a snowball effect. After years of seeking goodness, love, and virtue, one may grow to know God on a personal level, upon the basis of shared interests, a common purpose of altruism, and the desire for a truly mutual, real and loving, intimate relationship. God is only ever as real as I treat Him to be. If I diligently follow after the Lord, trying my hardest to cater to what He would want for me instead of what I would want for myself, then, eventually, a personal and intimate relationship is developed. This relationship is the one true basis of all meaning and lasting significance in life.
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To call the bluff of any evil-minded stray sheep from this world’s flock, and instead lift one’s sights to acknowledge God’s power and influence over this world, is to have faith in God’s underlying love for us all, and is enough to tap into His salvation. Such is God’s love that nothing evil could ever truly know victory, because of the omnipotence of His almighty perfect will.
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To align to God’s perfect and almighty love, never to compromise in upholding that ideal, as like unto the Cross of Christ, is to enable God’s Own victory in any circumstances. Truly, by the works of faith to uphold such Love, no other force in God’s creation could ever possibly prevail.
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“Where there is love, there is no question.”
(-A “Yogi” tea label)

Psalm 118:19-29
19 Open to me the gates of righteousness:
I will go into them, and I will praise the Lord:
20 this gate of the Lord,
into which the righteous shall enter.
21 I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me,
and art become my salvation.
22 The stone which the builders refused
is become the head stone of the corner.
23 This is the Lord’s doing;
it is marvellous in our eyes.
24 This is the day which the Lord hath made;
we will rejoice and be glad in it.
25 Save now, I beseech thee, O Lord:
O Lord, I beseech thee, send now prosperity.
26 Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the Lord:
we have blessed you out of the house of the Lord.
27 God is the Lord, which hath shewed us light:
bind the sacrifice with cords, evenunto the horns of the altar.
28 Thou art my God, and I will praise thee:
thou art my God, I will exalt thee.
29 O give thanks unto the Lord;
for he is good:
for his mercy endureth for ever.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+118&version=AKJV

Psalm 145:15-21
14 The Lord upholdeth all that fall,
and raiseth up all those that bebowed down.
15 The eyes of all wait upon thee;
and thou givest them their meat in due season.
16 Thou openest thine hand,
and satisfiest the desire of every living thing.
17 The Lord is righteous in all his ways,
and holy in all his works.
18 The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him,
to all that call upon him in truth.
19 He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him:
he also will hear their cry, and will save them.
20 The Lord preserveth all them that love him:
but all the wicked will he destroy.
21 My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord:
and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+145&version=AKJV

“I’d go to Hell for you too!”🚀🌈👽
“…Hey, is that a ‘Five Star’ notebook”?😜
Loyalty is invaluable and “Invictus.”🐩

Due season? Is that, like, around Lent?
“Stay Frosty.”☎️⛄️🎩

Holy Thursday 4/13/17
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“Semper Fidelis:” Always Faithful
I like your green beret! Are you French?
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(Selections from:)
-Matthew 16
-Psalm 16
-Hebrews 11
-1 Corinthians 6
-Matthew 6
-Thomas Merton’s Prayer

“Live in the Moment”⌛️⏱⏳
Truly, the most difficult but rewarding undertaking is to practice “waiting.” The practice of the virtue of patience, as a skill to be developed and refined through diligence and self-restraint, is a necessary component of any spiritual training. God exists in the here and now, in this very moment. If I am constantly projecting out into the future, dwelling in the past, or worrying over my plans for the day or other activities, then I am not living in the moment. I am meant to seek God first in all of my thoughts. In contemplating the very real presence of God, here with me now, I may know God. In pondering my life without any effort to seek His council first, or in the outright rejection of Him, by not allowing the idea of our Creator’s presence to penetrate my choices or perceptions of this world at all, then I will not know God.

“Balanchine, but not Rushin'”🍂💃🏻🍃
When I rush ahead of God, Him occupying the Kingdom as the Eye of my mind and the Temple of my soul, by failing to set Him first, considering Him and placing His will as my priority in any of my thoughts or my actions, then I remove myself from Him. When I do not dwell with God in the eternal Kingdom of Heaven accessed from within my own mind, via His All-Seeing Eye, then by my own choices and impulses I move away from Him, and do not abide. To be a stray lamb is to succumb to the self, as to the frowardness of the ego and following after self-direction and instant gratification, instead of after the patience to wait upon God, seeking to serve His will. In putting God first, with my wish to please Him ahead of all else, He will always be with me, keep me safe, and preserve me.

“This Generation”🎋
Growth towards God instead of towards sinfulness is easy to determine through the Step 10 practice of a spot-check moral inventory, wherein I quickly assess my motives in any given task, thought, or action. Am I motivated by selfishness, self-seeking, or self-enhancement? Or am I motivated by my desire to never be apart from the Lord, and to bless Him in all that I do? Do I seek to glorify myself, as vanity, or to glorify God, by practicing virtue and humility, to keep me in alignment to Him?

“Growth and Generation”🌸
The ability to wait is the first skill and tool necessary for peace, and the serenity made possible only by dwelling with God. An easy way to determine where my heart is would be to check for a sense of urgency or immediacy to any of my thinking or actions. It is only ever the behest of Satan, otherwise known as the impulse towards sin that lingers within us all, that would lead me astray towards the pursuit of instant gratification, as to satisfy a selfish need or carnal desire “right now.” God wishes for us to wait, to linger and dwell with Him in our heart and thoughts. I am to let God go ahead of me in my thoughts and decision-making processes, to keep me safe. By following after God instead of a worldly path of temptation, or selfish sinful desires, and in refusing and abstaining with temperance from earthly pleasures, I may avail myself to the only satisfaction I truly crave, which is only ever, simply, to be within God’s presence. God’s Eye must precede all else in my mind, and he will not urge us to rush, as to rush and hurry means to precede God, and thus to deviate and veer from His will.

“Perils of Obedience, on the Sea”🌊💦
Following after instant gratification leads one away from God and the pleasure of acknowledging and noticing His presence, within “the moment,” and is the beginning of the compulsion to rush, towards addiction after addiction, all empty quests that will never satisfy the hunger within my soul that is actually just for God’s love, care, and attention. In giving God my undivided attention, with the utmost devotion, He fills that emptiness and craving within my heart and soul with His divine and palpable, fervent, ecstatic love. The Step 3 practice of giving up control over my reins or my will, as giving up the self-direction that follows after impulsivity and heeds the immediacy of cravings instead of God, is the sweet surrender of my life and my will to the calmness of the moment, merely by ceasing to struggle against it, and just relinquishing control and conceding to God’s care. Letting go to God and this moment in Time will always allow me to reestablish contact with Him, and with that peace and serenity that is only found from seeking God first.

“Chief ‘Flying Turtle’s’ Reservation”💡
In resisting the urge for immediate action, and by the diligent and persistent practice of self-control and self-restraint, through the act of offering myself up to God to care for and look after, I will learn patience. Patience is the result of much effort and mental exertion, to refrain from heeding the calling of the impulses, or the self, and to instead meditate in stillness upon God. To be able to stay in the moment, without rushing from chore to chore in an endless fiasco of futile pursuits, to be able to simply “just be,” and to be okay with just being, with right now being as it is, is to come to the “standstill” that is within the chaos or whirlwind of the human mind, and to grasp upon God and His kingdom.
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To refrain from selfish endeavors, as preoccupations pertaining to myself or the fulfilling of my own needs, is to make room in my thoughts for God, to allow Him to reside in my heart, as the mind’s Eye. In allowing my thoughts to be stayed upon the idea of God, I know peace beyond all understanding, by His own gift of grace. When I am able to resist the urges of the ego and clear my head of extraneous thoughts or useless clutter, I make an acceptable sacrifice unto the Lord, as the only truly honorable welcome He will entertain. I clear the channel of my soul, as the thoughts within my mind, and I offer that space up as a gift to God and Jesus. This is God’s path of peace for us all, as the means by which we may elevate our minds to His spiritual plane and humbly “walk with God,” therefore knowing peace. To meditate upon God is to follow after the love and virtues that comprise His will, and to recognize and acknowledge His omnipresent guidance and care for me in all aspects of my life. To love God is to practice the humility and gratitude to accept my life as it is, and just be content. The beautiful paradox is that the more I accept my current conditions without seeking to change them, without pouring my attention and energies outward into my external environment, to more my focus drifts inward, via acceptance, to the true joy and love that only ever comes from God, as His presence found within me.

“Radical Acceptance”☎️🔦
To refrain from a false sense of immediacy, and to practice refraining from following after the urge to rush around from activity to activity, or from idea to idea, is to know the peace of living in the moment, and the radical acceptance, as the gift from God, to be happy and content “right here right now.” God is omnipresent, and is always found within the present moment of Time–the only thing that can ever keep me away from God is myself. In being able, through diligent practice to exercise my skill and ability of patience, to resist urges and keep my mind, or Eye, open and unclogged as a channel for God’s use, I am eventually and necessarily able, as the effects of practice and learning, to get out of my own way, and to finally know God. God will speak, if I will but listen. Being chosen of God is universal to every living thing, but the choice to heed that call is mine alone. “Chosen” simply means to answer the call, as the calling of God, and to choose for oneself to be One with God.

“You’re Mine.”☔️⛄️
The necessary premise for “true faith” in God is belief in the utmost perfection and all-inclusiveness of His will, as being only unconditional Love extended to all of Life.

❄️”Smoke and Mirrors”
We are all unique and beautiful snowflakes. Destined to fall, and yet destined to arise. -Tyler Corrects Durden

🔥”Angel Gabriel”💨
…I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings.
(Luke 1:19)
…that stand in the presence of God.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gabriel

Matthew 16:24-28
24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. 26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? 27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works. 28 Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+16&version=AKJV

Psalm 16:7-11
7 I will bless the Lord, who hath given me counsel:
my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.
8 I have set the Lord always before me:
because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth:
my flesh also shall rest in hope.
10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell;
neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life:
in thy presence is fulness of joy;
at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+16&version=AKJV

Hebrews 11:13-40
13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them,and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. 14 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. 15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. 16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.
17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, 18 of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: 19 accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure. 20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come. 21 By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff. 22 By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones. 23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment. 24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; 25 choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; 26 esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward. 27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible. 28 Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them. 29 By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned. 30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days. 31 By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.
32 And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and ofBarak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; ofDavid also, and Samuel, and of the prophets: 33 who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. 35 Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection: 36 and others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: 37 they were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; 38 (of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and inmountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. 39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: 40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Hebrews+11&version=AKJV

1 Corinthians 6:19-20
19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Corinthians+6&version=AKJV

Matthew 6:33-34
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.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+6&version=AKJV

“Thomas Merton’s Prayer”
My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.
(-Thomas Merton, Thoughts in Solitude)

Good Friday 4/14/17
🕯”Stardust” (2007)
“Is that a ‘Babylon Candle?’ Make a wish.”
You, Here, Now.
Ashes to ashes, dust to Stardust.
🚀”Starship Troopers” (1997)
Dizzy: “But it’s OK, because I got to have you.”
💫”Gattaca” (1997)
Vincent: “You wanna know how I did it? This is how I did it Anton. I never saved anything for the swim back.”

“The Corps”🌊
Nemo Resideo: “No One Left Behind.”
💠Extraction Mission: Seek and Recover; Return the Eye of Providence to its Owner.
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📯Murphy’s Law:
“Anything can, and will, and already has, happened.”
Amen: It has been spoken, let it be written.
(Selections from:)
-Matthew 5
-Luke 15
-Luke 16
-John 18
-Ephesians 5
-Revelation 2

“Children of Light”🌟
Putting first things first means prioritizing the welfare of the entirety of the herd, and adhering with all honesty, in truth and total transparency, to the tenets of morality. To follow after the Lord and welcome Jesus into one’s heart, one would do well to practice His preaching. To truly lay to heart the spiritual principles and ideals of virtue in Christ’s teachings is to become like a disciple of Christ oneself, and internalize that spiritual beauty of love through the corresponding practices of faith. Faith without works is dead, but by these works, fueled through divine love for and from God, anything at all is possible. God does not submit to the laws of nature, which He commands according to His will. Thus, in following after the dictates of the conscience, as the teachings of Christ, one may sidestep the encumbrances of natural law and the limitations of man or physics, through grasping onto something far more basic, powerful and fundamental.

“Given Up for You”⚡️
Beneath all of creation is the Lord God. God is our recourse in any and all of life’s difficulties, problems, or tribulations, and He intends to be sought by us all for precisely such help, especially in times of distress. God’s will, as demonstrated by the sacrifice embodied by His only Son, Jesus, is perfect and selfless, charitable love, as the offering up of oneself for the salvation of all, in the interest of the greater whole. Just as Christ gave Himself up for us, we are to look to His example to find hope from His resurrection, as there is no power that could ever stand in the way of the divine, sacred love, of God Almighty. In acting in accordance with the will of God, to love perfectly, one unites one’s being to that very real and unconquerable power of God, as His logic-defying miracles and inexplicable mysteries. Thus, in aligning oneself to God’s selfless love with all perfectness, one may channel perfectly God’s Own omnipotence. In following after Christ, as a true believer, there is never any question about what’s possible, because through God, through His perfect will of love for all His children, all things are possible! In taking hold, in all steadfastness, to that Truth, without imposing human limitations upon it by selfishly putting conditions upon God’s unconditional love, then and only then may God be found, realized, actualized, and potentiated. One may overcome any odds by drawing oneself into a singleness of vision with the One True God, as, in Love.

“The Body of Christ”🔥
In refining my motivation, as wants and desires, to “just God,” I align myself to His inherent victory over all adversaries, by simply being His instrument, or the hand by which He may demonstrate His power here on Earth, as a cooperative co-pilot, faithfully united to His will and leadership, rather than my own, in all Our endeavors. I do not ask how or why, or even when, but rather, I simply trust without questioning, as such loyalty and steadfast trust is what love in action looks like, as that crucial “leap of faith.” I know my part is merely to be an appendage, or an apparatus, for God’s Own plan and design, and I try my hardest simply to keep my ego in check, and to not disobey or overstep my bounds by attempting to be self-directed, or to “wag the dog.”

“The Godhead”✨💫✨
When the endless knot of God’s creation inevitably makes that final loop, as the anomaly of humanity displaying God’s Own divine, perfect will of self-sacrifice, in the name of Love, then that reciprocity to God, is the completion and finishing touch to God’s masterpiece, drawing Him back into our world, by doing for Him what only He, divinely, had ever before done for us. In putting on the breastplate of faith and love, as the righteousness that is only ever embodied by singleness of purpose, or unity of will and vision, with God, then God’s plan is realized as we learn and demonstrate that path of Christ, of faith. In returning the gift of Christ’s charity for our salvation, and paying it forward to the next lost soul in need of assistance, the karmic knot, or the evolution of God’s Own true love, is finally fulfilled and returned back to Him, as the perfect gift to Our Maker, and thus His plan may be fulfilled as the prophesies of the ages all come to pass, ushering Him back into His Own creation as Family, in the blessed unity of the holy Trinity.

Adopting God!
“The Frog Prince of the Evil Eye”
Prince Charming🐸Master of Disguise:
“Help me, I’m in Hell!”
“Ok, I’m coming for you…”

A True Story:
“Not without my ‘Ribbits.'”👑
(God Winks!)

Matthew 5:38-48
38 Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: 39 but I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40 And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also. 41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. 42 Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.
43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45 that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? 47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? 48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+5&version=AKJV

Luke 15:3-7
3 And he spake this parable unto them, saying, 4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? 5 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. 7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+15&version=AKJV

Luke 16:8-13
8 And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light. 9 And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations. 10 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. 11 If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? 12 And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own? 13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+16&version=AKJV

John 18:36-38
36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence. 37 Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice. 38 Pilate saith unto him, What is truth?
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+18&version=AKJV

Ephesians 5:8-21
8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: 9 (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) 10 proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. 12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. 13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. 14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. 15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. 18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; 19 speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; 20 giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; 21 submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ephesians+5&version=AKJV

Revelation 2:11-13
11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.
12 And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges; 13 I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+2&version=AKJV

Antipas: Against All Odds.⛑
“Gotcha!”❣️

Holy Saturday 4/15/17
“All I care about is You!”
(Please don’t leave me alone again!)
📯
“Solo Deo Gloria:” Only for God.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soli_Deo_gloria
⚡️
(Selections from:)
-Exodus 33
-Psalm 22
-John 19
-John 8
-Luke 17
-Matthew 24
-Psalm 118
-Revelation 5
-Revelation 12
-Revelation 13
-Revelation 19
-Revelation 22

“To Choose: My One Favorite Verse”
Exodus 33:15
15 And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus+33&version=AKJV

“Co-Mingled”☁️🌈
An outpouring of blood and water rushed from the piercing in His side. A most sacred mystery is that of Christ’s mortal, human existence, here with us on Earth, but while still remaining divine and holy, immortal, as the Son of God. Christ is sent here as the Ambassador of God, as His messenger to bestow God’s Word and teachings, as instructions and blessings. In following these suggestions, choosing for ourselves, by free-will, to adhere to these ordinances and directives, we lay ourselves open and prone, splayed forth in all trusting innocence, to the divine mercy and grace of the all-powerful Lord God.

“Servant of the Lord”🍎
The water and blood represent the duality of Christ as our Brother here on Earth, as He embodies our own human nature in the susceptibility to the sins and emotions of mankind, and yet, He bears the covenant, or the trust, in God’s promise of safety, care, salvation, and dominion over all things as God’s, even power over death. In trusting and declaring the One True God as the One True Reality, and renouncing this sinful world, by rejecting the idea that it has any bearing upon the immortal Soul, Christ showed us the path to the Father, as how to attain and keep His covenant with loyalty, and thereby attain God’s Own vow of eternal life in the promised land, in His Heaven. Thou shalt love the Lord, thy God. Thou shalt have no gods before Me. Thou shalt keep all My Commandments.

“Seeds Grow after They’re Kind”❄️
Abraham trusted God entirely. Trust, or faith, is only actually possible, or properly understood, as the investing of all one’s beliefs and hopes in God. Love is Trust. To love is to trust and to obey without question, and without doubt. Doubt is disloyalty to God, as it is the absence of faith, and reveals and entails the absence of love. To distrust God is to evidence the rejection of God and the refusal to love God by trust. To love God, one must prove it, by practicing and acting upon that trust.

“Just a Second…Coming!”🌊
To bring one’s Son to the sacrificial altar, as Abram did with Isaac, and as the Father did with Jesus, is to prove that love, by trusting in God over and ahead of all else. Why fear death when God has assured His love, and His promise of preservation? I trust God, and so necessarily, I cannot believe in or fear the false god of death without being disobedient. To disobey the Command to trust, as to love, the Lord Our God, is to refuse His promises. To trust in God, in accordance with the First Law and Commandment, means that I cannot invest my trust, as my vision of reality, my belief of what’s real, or my sense of security, in any source other than my God. In clinging and holding tight to God, by rejecting all other purported or man-made realities, and thus, have to no gods before Him, I may avail myself to God the Father, the Person, and receive Him properly and factually, by accepting His Own reality. God is only as real to me as I acknowledge Him to be. In avowing God, by renouncing the world, I will necessarily, by His Own decree, get to take part in His Own plan and vision, and thus actually receive the gifts and promises that have for so long been prophesied and foretold as Truth.

“Immutable”🔥
There is no new law–to love the Father one must idealize and adore the Father, thus leading one to attempt to imitate that perfection of His self-sacrificing Love. That water, that typhoon of sin and human emotion within each of us, may be stayed and soothed as we reside in God’s Eye, and thus we can be accepting and loving even while in the midst of this hurricane, this whirlwind of life, simply because we trust and take refuge in the Lord our God.

“Blood of the Heart”💔
He has etched His Word into all of our hearts, as frontlets over our foreheads, as His seal of Ownership over us, as His Own people. Any private property of God, thus, all of Creation, is sacred, and is not to be touched or harmed no matter what may happen, no matter what evil befalls me. To retaliate against any evildoer would mean to injure some component of God Himself, as He is All, and so I would sooner submit to any mistreatment, with knowing and abiding trust in His love, than to lash out against anyone. I am merely a steward of my lot, my soul, and in turning the other cheek rather than to harm any element of God’s creation or His people, is to tap into that same God, and receive His favor, and thus access His care and protection, as His recompense and reciprocation of Love. To deny that obedient service to God, as gentle stewardship over all that is His, is to cut oneself off from the power and eternal promise of that same God, Our Creator, YHWH.💛

“In God We Trust”❣️
Who, after learning of the Great Reality of God, reunited and reconciled back to us, could possibly turn back and forsake Him? Who could choose to continue to submit to the fake world of the flesh instead of the reality of the Spirit? Who would turn back from God to obey the illusion of the laws of man or nature, as the impermanent and corporeal, man-made existence, or take heed to the false urgings of a worldly existence and this rat race? Who could take seriously any threat of evil, or the shallow, fleeting, material aspects of this life and disregard God’s factually reality, as His heightened spiritual world within us? Truly, this world is not as it seems, and that fallacy of faithlessness will not suffer to be a stumbling block again. We now have the firm foothold of God’s kingdom, within each of us, to direct our steps and to lift us back up whenever we may fall.

“Only God is Real.💧All Else is a Gift.”
To see the distinction drawn between the dualistic natures of Christ, is to see the difference and separateness between the opposing natures of an immortal God and of a mortal man, of blood and water, within one living Man. Christ embodies this miracle of co-mingling, of man and God existing simultaneously within one Being, as a demonstration of all the forces that may be at play within God’s creation, all converging within the body of one Person, to model and illustrate His Own necessary triumph, the eternal victory of God’s Love.

…Truly, “Just God” is Enough!
💦
👼

Exodus 33:12-23
12 And Moses said unto the Lord, See, thou sayest unto me, Bring up this people: and thou hast not let me know whom thou wilt send with me. Yet thou hast said, I know thee by name, and thou hast also found grace in my sight. 13 Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people. 14 And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest. 15 And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence. 16 For wherein shall it be known here that I and thy people have found grace in thy sight? is it not in that thou goest with us? so shall we be separated, I and thy people, from all the people that are upon the face of the earth. 17 And the Lord said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name. 18 And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory. 19 And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy. 20 And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live. 21 And the Lord said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock: 22 and it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by: 23 and I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus+33&version=AKJV

Psalm 22
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
To the chief Musician upon Aijeleth Shahar, A Psalm of David.
1 My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
why art thou so far from helping me,
and from the words of my roaring?
2 O my God, I cry in the daytime, but thou hearest not;
and in the night season, and am not silent.
3 But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.
4 Our fathers trusted in thee:
they trusted, and thou didst deliver them.
5 They cried unto thee, and were delivered:
they trusted in thee, and were not confounded.
6 But I am a worm, and no man;
a reproach of men, and despised of the people.
7 All they that see me laugh me to scorn:
they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,
8 He trusted on the Lord that he would deliver him:
let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.
9 But thou art he that took me out of the womb:
thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother’s breasts.
10 I was cast upon thee from the womb:
thou art my God from my mother’s belly.
11 Be not far from me; for trouble isnear;
for there is none to help.
12 Many bulls have compassed me:
strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round.
13 They gaped upon me with their mouths,
as a ravening and a roaring lion.
14 I am poured out like water,
and all my bones are out of joint:
my heart is like wax;
it is melted in the midst of my bowels.
15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd;
and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws;
and thou hast brought me into the dust of death.
16 For dogs have compassed me:
the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me:
they pierced my hands and my feet.
17 I may tell all my bones:
they look and stare upon me.
18 They part my garments among them,
and cast lots upon my vesture.
19 But be not thou far from me, O Lord:
O my strength, haste thee to help me.
20 Deliver my soul from the sword;
my darling from the power of the dog.
21 Save me from the lion’s mouth:
for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns.
22 I will declare thy name unto my brethren:
in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.
23 Ye that fear the Lord, praise him;
all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him;
and fear him, all ye the seed of Israel.
24 For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted;
neither hath he hid his face from him;
but when he cried unto him, he heard.
25 My praise shall be of thee in the great congregation:
I will pay my vows before them that fear him.
26 The meek shall eat and be satisfied:
they shall praise the Lord that seek him:
your heart shall live for ever.
27 All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the Lord:
and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee.
28 For the kingdom is the Lord’s:
and he is the governor among the nations.
29 All they that be fat upon earth shall eat and worship:
all they that go down to the dust shall bow before him:
and none can keep alive his own soul.
30 A seed shall serve him;
it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation.
31 They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness
unto a people that shall be born,
that he hath done this.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+22&version=AKJV

John 19:28-43
28 After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. 29 Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth. 30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
31 The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. 32 Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him. 33 But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs: 34 but one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water. 35 And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe. 36 For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken. 37 And again another scripture saith, They shall look on him whom they pierced.
38 And after this Joseph of Arimathæa, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus. 39 And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight. 40 Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury. 41 Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid. 42 There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews’ preparation day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+19&version=AKJV

John 8:31-47
31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32 and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. 33 They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? 34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. 35 And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. 36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. 37 I know that ye are Abraham’s seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you. 38 I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father. 39 They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham. 40 But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham. 41 Ye do the deeds of your father.
Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God. 42 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. 43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. 44 Ye are of yourfather the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. 45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. 46 Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? 47 He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+8&version=AKJV

Luke 17:31-37
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.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+17&version=AKJV

Matthew 24:29-31
29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: 30 and then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+24&version=AKJV

Psalm 118Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
Psalm 118
1 O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good:
because his mercy endureth for ever.
2 Let Israel now say,
that his mercy endureth for ever.
3 Let the house of Aaron now say,
that his mercy endureth for ever.
4 Let them now that fear the Lord say,
that his mercy endureth for ever.
5 I called upon the Lord in distress:
the Lord answered me, and set mein a large place.
6 The Lord is on my side; I will not fear:
what can man do unto me?
7 The Lord taketh my part with them that help me:
therefore shall I see my desire upon them that hate me.
8 It is better to trust in the Lord
than to put confidence in man.
9 It is better to trust in the Lord
than to put confidence in princes.
10 All nations compassed me about:
but in the name of the Lord will I destroy them.
11 They compassed me about; yea, they compassed me about:
but in the name of the Lord I will destroy them.
12 They compassed me about like bees;
they are quenched as the fire of thorns:
for in the name of the Lord I will destroy them.
13 Thou hast thrust sore at me that I might fall:
but the Lord helped me.
14 The Lord is my strength and song,
and is become my salvation.
15 The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous:
the right hand of the Lord doeth valiantly.
16 The right hand of the Lord is exalted:
the right hand of the Lord doeth valiantly.
17 I shall not die, but live,
and declare the works of the Lord.
18 The Lord hath chastened me sore:
but he hath not given me over unto death.
19 Open to me the gates of righteousness:
I will go into them, and I will praise the Lord:
20 this gate of the Lord,
into which the righteous shall enter.
21 I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me,
and art become my salvation.
22 The stone which the builders refused
is become the head stone of the corner.
23 This is the Lord’s doing;
it is marvellous in our eyes.
24 This is the day which the Lord hath made;
we will rejoice and be glad in it.
25 Save now, I beseech thee, O Lord:
O Lord, I beseech thee, send now prosperity.
26 Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the Lord:
we have blessed you out of the house of the Lord.
27 God is the Lord, which hath shewed us light:
bind the sacrifice with cords, evenunto the horns of the altar.
28 Thou art my God, and I will praise thee:
thou art my God, I will exalt thee.
29 O give thanks unto the Lord;
for he is good:
for his mercy endureth for ever.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+118&version=AKJV

(Refrain:)💦
Psalm 18:28-29
28 Thou art my God, and I will praise thee:
thou art my God, I will exalt thee.
29 O give thanks unto the Lord;
for he is good:
for his mercy endureth for ever.

“The Lion”👻
Revelation 5:5
5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+5&version=AKJV

“V-Day: Déjà Vu.”💜
Revelation 12:7-17
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.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+12&version=AKJV

“Good News! It’s an Open Invitation”🗞🐩
Revelation 13:8
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.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+13&version=AKJV

“My Hobby Horse”🕊
Revelation 19:11-16
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.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+19&version=AKJV

“A Period Piece”🍒
Revelation 22:1-5; 16
Authorized (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.
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.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+22&version=AKJV

✒️”To Repay Doubly: 0 x 2=0″😁
To have one’s name in the “Book of Life” is to follow the Commandments, as they are, and ever will be, and always have been issued to us, through the moral compass of God’s Eye, as our eternal Soul, and personal access to His Living Word, etched as frontlets upon our foreheads, inborn and within all living beings. To choose Life, is to follow the Conscience.

“A Charitable Interpretation:” is Correct.😜
💛

⛲️A Word to the Wise: I don’t think that “Times New Roman” counts as a Baptismal Font. Immerse yourself in living!

Easter Sunday 4/16/17
🐣🐇☦️
“Swan Song: V-Formation”📯
🤝”Dove” right in.
💧
Trinity: In a Blaze Paschal’s Triangle💦
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pascal%27s_triangle

“Eastertide”🌊
(Selections from:)
-Hebrews 8
-1 Corinthians 13
-Job 38
-Job 42
-A Shaker Hymn
-Red Hot Chili Peppers

👯
An Easter Bunny Duet…
(Job? Well, Not Exactly “Unemployed”)

“Immanuel and Amanuensis”⚜️
I love being given corrections, and I love apologizing to God and Jesus, with “I’m sorry,” as a commonly reoccurring motif in the mantras of my thoughts and prayers. I am not immune to the snares and pitfalls of emotional turmoil, or the turbulence of the feelings of pain and rejection at the insults, inflictions, or offenses of others. I am human, and I am sensitive. I am prone to the evils of the world, just as any other. I find it a great wave of relief to look inward to the Eye of my conscience, and to find personal fault within my attitude and approach, or internal thought processes. When I see that I need to take and make a correction, when I am given a Command, as a rebuke, rebuff, or reproof to change my behavior, from God within as His Eye of my soul and conscience, I feel such hope! To perceive that I am at fault somehow for any disturbance I may experience is a spiritual axiom, and is greatly beneficial for my wellbeing. To accept responsibility for my own distress or discomfiture gives me control over my problem–I can change myself and my my situation will improve.

“Change is Necessary Generation”🖖🎋
In accepting the weight of the blame for my pain or personal suffering, it is logically entailed that, if I change, the pain from my fault will disappear and I will feel better! Accepting personal faults is my path to bliss and comfort amidst life’s daily fears, hassles, stresses and struggles. I accept the fault, and the struggle to change and make corrections, because that is the answer, the solution, the path, and the Way of Christ. In shouldering the burden of sin without deferring responsibility or deflecting, by blaming others sinfully, when I bear the burden of responsibility for a problem, then I get control over the solution. As I practice self-improvement, any solution is within my hands, or under my control, as contingent upon my own freewill, as willingness and obedience to follow after my Hope of God. Accepting rebukes to make changes is the means by which I experience the alleviation of pain. I take joy in a correction and apologizing to God for my own distress, because that means that making a change in myself, by changing my behaviors or attitudes, will bring me right way round to success, or the joy of realizing the grace of God’s way. Without admitting fault, there is no change, nor improvement, nor growth with and towards God’s ideals, of perfect love.

“Ante-Flows: Freewill the Wild Card”🃏
If I don’t keep admitting to God and Jesus that I could be following Them better, then I reject their help, tutelage, salvation, and the resulting growth towards happiness. To grow with God, alongside the dendritic projections of His will of eternal love, is the purpose of being alive in the first place. To refuse to admit faults, joyously accept corrections, and continually to adapt and evolve spiritually, through changing my thoughts and behaviors, is to refuse God. To desire to continue to improve and develop towards His endless ideals of infinite perfection is to please the Lord. To grow alongside God’s virtues of love and goodness is to partake in the ongoing communion, as a conversation and active discourse, that is the path of His Eternity. In following after this “White Rabbit,” this Paschal Sacrifice of selfless, trusting love, is to emerge from the sins of the world just like that Easter Bunny, victorious in Love.

“From Whom All Blessings…”✒️🎶💙
All we ever really have is each other, by the love that unites our everlasting souls, as we surrender them into the trust of our Lord God. God’s Trust is the only vault worthy for the safekeeping and investment our hearts and minds, or rather, our souls. In respecting and valuing our own spirit, in a constant, personal, unique, and intimate, relationship with God the Father, as a real relationship with an actual omnipresent, omniscient, and omnipotent Person, then and only then, may we officially be capable of having a real, truly loving, selflessly charitable, and mutually kind and caring relationship with anyone else.

“Temple of God: Peace of Mind”🦋
In partaking in conversation with God, as an active participant in life, seeking Him and His council, I may enjoy the blessings of harmony and joy, as the “flow state” described in positive psychology theory. To be one with the moment is to be in the care of God, perhaps even inadvertently, and is a great description of the serenity made possible by acting upon the security made possible by faith, or letting go to God. Even just faith in the simplicity of one’s actions, as the knowledge that the process or project is good, or worthwhile through being well-intended, is a practice of love and trust, and so is a step out into the light of God’s love and God’s reality.

“Magic: With the Current of God”👋🌊
Practicing faith, to honor the Father, is to do what seems right and just, acting with prudence, and then accepting the ease and security He offers as we obey our consciences. To “actually proceed to do” what I know deep down in my soul to be right, as wholesome, good, healthy, or loving, must necessitate the resultant sense of love, or harmony with God’s plan, as a Oneness with Him, as if suspended in Time and space. If I am doing the best that my conscience commands, then there is no way for worry, doubt, fear, or anxiety to steal my peace of mind, or to penetrate that protective shell of God’s love, as the forcefield erected through steadfastly abiding by His love and His righteousness. In exercising diligence to sidestep vice and temptation, exerting and exalting trust, hard-work, and effort to the utmost of my ability, without deviation from the ideals of God’s virtues as goal-posts, fueled by my desire to please and emulate a perfect God, as only Love is Perfection, then I could not possibly be made to feel guilty.

“Supernatural Noah’s Ark”🦄🌈
Synchronicity, as God’s reciprocity to my good intentions, is a beauty, a joy, and a source of Awe and Wonder, as a fruit of my labor and God’s Own reassurance to me that, “He’s got me,” and that I am safe and sound in His arms unseen, no matter what. Little signs of comfort, as tender mercies and gentle reminders of His care, keep me on track within His will, as little bubbles of serenity that pave the way for each of us in this joyful mystery and adventure of life. I surrender to God by right living, and have the ongoing sense of being cradled and held within the amniotic fluid of His River.

“The Creator: 🐳Call me Ishmael.”
(I AM: “Chronos,” AKA “Yahweh”)
The Ultimate Creator of the Cosmos by hatching the Orphic Egg with Ananke.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chronos
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yahweh
💦

Hebrews 8
8 Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; 2 a minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man. 3 For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer. 4 For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law: 5 who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, thatthou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount. 6 But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.
7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. 8 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: 9 not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. 10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: 11 and they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. 12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. 13 In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Hebrews+8&version=AKJV

“To Choose: My All-Time Favorite Chapter”
1 Corinthians 13
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.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Corinthians+13&version=AKJV

“Trust: You Don’t Know My Reasons”
Job 38:1-11
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
38 Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
2 Who is this that darkeneth counsel
by words without knowledge?
3 Gird up now thy loins like a man;
for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.
4 Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth?
declare, if thou hast understanding.
5 Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest?
or who hath stretched the line upon it?
6 Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened?
or who laid the corner stone thereof;
7 when the morning stars sang together,
and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
8 Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth,
as if it had issued out of the womb?
9 When I made the cloud the garment thereof,
and thick darkness a swaddlingband for it,
10 and brake up for it my decreed place,
and set bars and doors,
11 and said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further:
and here shall thy proud waves be stayed?
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Job+38&version=AKJV

“To Marvel at Yah’s Ways”
Job 42:1-9
Authorized (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.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Job+42&version=AKJV

“Simple Gifts”
By Elder Joseph
‘Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free
‘Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
‘Twill be in the valley of love and delight.
When true simplicity is gained,
To bow and to bend we shan’t be ashamed,
To turn, turn will be our delight,
Till by turning, turning we come ’round right.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simple_Gifts

“Dark Necessities”
By Red Hot Chili Peppers
Coming out to the light of day
We got many moons than a deeper place
So I keep an eye on the shadow’s smile
To see what it has to say
You and I both know
Everything must go away
Ah, what do you say?
Spinning off, head is on my heart
It’s like a bit of light and a touch of dark
You got sneak attacked from the zodiac
But I see your eyes spark
Keep the breeze and go
Blow by blow and go away
Oh, what do you say?
Yeah, you don’t know my mind
You don’t know my kind
Dark necessities are part of my design
Tell the world that I’m falling from the sky
Dark necessities are part of my design
Stumble down to the parking lot
You got no time for the afterthought
They’re like ice cream for an astronaut
Well that’s me looking for weed
Turn the corner and
Find the world and show command
Playing the hand
Yeah, you don’t know my mind
You don’t know my kind
Dark necessities are part of my design
Tell the world that I’m falling from the sky
Dark necessities are part of my design
Do you want this love of mine?
The darkness helps to sort the shine
Do you want it, do you want it now?
Do you want it overtime?
The darkness helps to sort the shine
Do you want it, do you want it now?
Pick you up like a paperback
With the track record of a maniac
So I’m moving in and we unpack
It’s the same as yesterday
Honey where we roll
Everything must go away
Ah, what do you say?
Yeah, you don’t know my mind
You don’t know my kind
Dark necessities are part of my design
Tell the world that I’m falling from the sky
Dark necessities are part of my design
Ah-ah-ah
Ah-ah
Ah-ah-ah
Ah-ah
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“Lions Love Jokes!:”
(-from South Park)
-Better than a monkey (on my back)
-“I said it was a curious belt!”
-“Will I ever find another Job?”
-Sandra “Bullock” chick-flicks and gas-guzzling “Rams” given up as sacrifice
-This cat is a Lion, thank you, but maybe that’s just my pride talking.
-…Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from Ewoks…. and Jabberwockys…
-Call me Chief “Flying Turtle.” A Flying Eagle is just not that impressive.
-I was born a poor black child, to a wealthy white family on the Main Line. (-The Jerk)
-Please cease your activities on the radio. “Oh, I didn’t realize I was radioactive!”🌞
-Anorectic gives up fasting for Lent.
-The most frequently asked question for the Spirit of Truth is: “Are you in porn?”
-The Whistleblower finds a trumpet.
-I don’t have an ant farm, mine are free-range.
-🚑We’re not allowed to “idle.”🙏
-The Egg-and-Spoon Race: “Oh no, I dropped the egg! Now I’ll never get into ‘finishing school!'”💋🥚
-OMG, are You Shiva? “No, I’m anemic.” 😜

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Revelation 5:5
5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+5&version=AKJV

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