“Zion’s Pinnacle:” Featured Essays from October

(Selected Entries From my Blog Post “Spiritual Diary for October,” 10/10/16-10/21/16)
https://theosbas.wordpress.com/2016/09/01/the-word-of-the-diem-the-most-recent-of-my-daily-diary-entries/

Table of Contents:
10/10/16:
“Fountain Pen Originality: Novel Origins”
10/11/16:
“The Labyrinth and the Ball of Thread”
10/12/16:
“God’s Violin d’Ingres: An Instrument of Peace”
10/13/16:
“The Mothership: Eagle has Landed”
10/14/16:
“Imagination: My Mental Zen Garden”
10/15/16:
“In His Majesty’s Secret Service: A Bond and the Great Escape Route”
10/16/16:
“Sunday Best: Conception Interception”
10/17/16:
“Sugar Plum’s Soul Food: Intentions”
10/18/16:
“Boot Camp: Quan Yin’s Discipline”
10/19/16:
“Nights of the Round Table: The Crusade for Thy Kingdom Come”
10/20/16:
“The Top-Down Translator”
10/21/16:
“A State of Being: Phoenix Love+Trust”

🌞10/10/16
“Fountain Pen Originality:🖋Novel Origins”
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✏️Topical Outline:
-Spirituality: Roots of Creation
-Prayer: The Never-Ending Story
-Meditation: Focus and Inspiration
-Confluence: Continual Communion
-Ebb and Flow: Moral Self-Examinations
-Testing the Waters: Balancing Acts
-Letting Go: Letting God Seep In
-The Source: Ego-Focus to God-Focus
-Fluidity: Loosening of Constraints
-God’s Will: Fruits of Creativity

“Fountain Pen Originality:🖋Novel Origins”
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“Spirituality: Roots of Creation” ⛲️💦
It is important for me to recognize each new morning just what my standing is in this world, and to reaffirm my true nature as a spiritual being and a child of God. As a human, I am bestowed with God’s gift of an inner spiritual life, I am therefore responsible for the state of my soul, the morality of my choices and actions, and the upkeep of my spiritual fitness. My first and only priority in the morning, and then throughout the rest of my day, is to nurture the moral condition of my soul with my thoughts and actions, and to try my best to remain in alignment with the will of God. The will of God is analogous to a River, or a divine stream of goodness that runs through all of existence. This stream consists of God’s will, or His intentions of supreme goodness, and all of the virtues are encompassed by the range of His will, which is much like an umbrella of unconditional love. God’s unconditional love is the Source of all other virtues, and from this most simplistic form of God’s will all other values originate, branching off to flow out into their own distinct streams, characterized by their own unique and specific strengths, aspects, and facets.

“Prayer: The Never-Ending Story”💧🌊
My job as A child of God and as a spiritual being is to keep my focus upon my unique and inborn sense for God and His will, which is my conscience, or as I refer to it, my moral compass. This gift, which is my third eye, and the Eye of God, is an extra-sense for morality that is within each soul. All beings, regardless of their upbringing or external influences, are given this gift from God, and so the path of upright living and righteousness “in God’s eyes” is open to anyone and everyone, unconditionally. Thus, if I ever make a poor decision or proceed in an immoral action, I must take responsibility for that, because I was born with the ability to know better, regardless of intellectual acuity, by the grace of God.

“Meditation: Focus and Inspiration”🌊💦
I find this innate, omnipresent guidance and supervision Of God reassuring, because if I ever find myself off of Christ’s path, of the “straight and narrow” stream of God’s will, then I will know exactly what to do. When over the course of my day I run into a dilemma, problem, or hardship, I know to seek God from within as the only infallible source of guidance, and often, He may steer me towards His will by speaking to me through my own thoughts, as the “inspiration” for a certain choice, or the “idea,” or intention, for a responsible and morally upright action. The first step for right living under any circumstances, and to overcome any difficulties on God’s terms, is to seek Him directly for counsel. The voice that God chooses for His reply to my queries is His choice, and I may receive direct guidance in proportion to my desire for His will ahead of my own.

“Confluence: Continual Communion”💦💧
Even the desire to seek God ahead of my own selfish will is a pursuit that must be practiced; I may not come to wish for God’s will and knowledge of His values and spiritual things if I do not pray for Him to help me to want these things. Learning to live spiritually, and to think and behave as an actual child of God is by no means accomplished without His assistance; in fact, what it means to be a child of God is to actively rely upon God, first and foremost, and often exclusively, for care, protection, and guidance in all matters. If I wish to live as God intends, I must make the effort to intentionally turn to Him and seek Him out, as He exists for each of us as simply “the idea of God” within each human mind, and I must seek His support directly to sustain and nurture my soul. In this way, I may come to know God personally, and develop a real, loving, and actual working mutual relationship with my Creator, which is His will for each of us. It is only by the act of relying upon God instead of other tangential resources for comfort and guidance that I may come to know Him on a deep and personal level.
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“Ebb and Flow: Moral Self-Examinations”
The more that I rely upon God, the more He will support and bolster me in my efforts to seek and abide within His will. I have often found the world so repellant of me that God was literally the only Thing left to which I could cling; but rather than this being a devastating experience from my realization of the hatred of which this world is capable, it was the source of my greatest strength, as otherwise, I would never have needed to depend so fully and entirely upon God, and upon nothing else. I now believe that these sorts of desperate hardships are a type of blessing, as a form of the “gift of desperation,” because these scenarios allow me to know the reality of God in ways that I never could otherwise. Furthermore, through the process of elimination, I was able to look back and see that it could only have been God and His grace working in my life to help me overcome the hardship, because I had literally nothing else working for me. “Never do we cling to the Lord in vain,” and this is a lesson I will gladly relearn at any impasse. The extent to which I lovingly and expectantly seek out God to help me through a challenge, by seeking to follow within the omnipresent solution of His will, as a “divine escape route,” and an incorruptible path to salvation in any worst-case scenario, is the extent to which I will find myself marveling at His miracles.

“Testing the Waters: Balancing Acts”🌊👣
God is ready and willing to care for all His children, as the perfect loving Father would, but He can only help me to the extent to which I seek and follow Him. My faith is constantly evolving, and I find that, through Our progress in getting to know each Other, the challenge has developed past merely “seeking God” or desiring His will, and has become more of a striving in “seeing God,” and focusing my mental efforts to realize that He is already here with me, showing me the way. God will always appear instantly and as if by magic if I allow myself to let go of my self-will, or self-direction, and open my self and my mind up to the idea of direction by His will. This loosening up of my grasp upon the control and care of my being enables me to see God and His will of supreme care instead of just myself and my own wants. The ability to actually see God, beyond merely seeking God, is the inevitable and eventual outcome, as His gift to me for my faith in Him, if I persist towards Him and His will for long enough, and seek Him as diligently, faithfully, loyally, and lovingly as He would intend for me, even while in the absence of any positive intercession.

“Letting Go: Letting God Seep In”💦☂️
When I loosen my grasp upon the reins of by being, as the steering wheel of my self that is my soul, I may relax the constraints of my finite human potential that limit the mortal soul, and distinguish us from God. The ability of any human power is necessarily finite and limited, because only God is omnipotent, and so if I try to power my being by self-will alone, without the assistance of God’s care, I will necessarily be bound to the confines of the material world and the laws of man, or nature. If however, I surrender the cockpit of my soul over to the highest and greatest good, as the ultimate and omniscient good-will that is God’s will Most High, then I am no longer limited by the finite potential of the mortal soul, and may instead enjoy the awe-inspiring miracles of God, whose power knows no limits and cannot be restrained by the laws of man, which are the laws of physics, nature, logic, reason, and mathematics. God may allow 2+2 to =5, if it be His will. Thus, when I relax my sense of being the one in control, and instead step back in faith to allow God to work through me, I may be receptive to His powers of restoration, and experience first-hand His will to help me to overcome challenges and succeed, if I seek to fulfill His will of charity, love, altruistic goodness, and selfless giving.

“The Source: Ego-Focus to God-Focus”☔️
When I constantly practice surrendering to God, to try to loosen my attachment to my own ego, which is expressed through my “desire to control” and is often termed “self-will,” as being the selfish drives and impulses of my own ego, I may finally may know the peace and freedom from this “bondage of self,” or self-will, that is the release over to the care of God instead. I cannot receive the care and control of God if I am trying to play the role of God in my own life. If ever I feel a desire for control in my own life, as a perceived need to control myself of my surroundings, I now know that it is actually a misconstrual of my desire to feel myself within God’s control, rather than a need to exert control myself.

“Fluidity: Loosening of Constraints”☔️💦
Thus, the path of serenity was only ever blocked off my my own ego, as my lack of faith or humility to seek God, and my own self-will revolving around self-centered fears, emotions, and impulses. It is such a relief to realize that simply the act of letting go and surrendering to God is enough to set me in the right direction.

“God’s Will: Fruits of Creativity”💦❄️💙
The beauty of living for God, instead of for myself, is that the outcome or destination of my efforts is irrelevant, as I’m merely striving to work hard and make God proud. My aim is actually deferred to God, and so I have no stake in the results which means that I cannot judge myself in any way other than my efforts to abide within God’s will and try my hardest to maintain the course. Generally speaking, I don’t even question where God leads, not do I seek knowledge the resolution that He is planning; rather, I just blindly trust Him and lovingly follow.

“Double-Blind Field-Test”💔❣️❤️
-Falling for every possible pitfall, venturing through every wrong turn, and making every possible mistake, in order to find the path through any obstacle and figure out a way to surmount all of life’s problems, and then documenting the method of success to chart out God’s path of His solution.
-In having all faith, hope, and charity, success on God’s terms, of perfect love, is inevitable, which uniquely qualifies one for such a task as overcoming Murphy’s Law.

🔔Lunch Communion Topics:
“Problem-Solving 101: Break it Down:”
-12 Steps to Heaven🏳️‍🌈
-Necessities: “H.O.W.” as my starter-tools
(Honesty, Open-mindedness, Willingness)
“What is Willingness?”🙋
(…Lots of room for different wording.)
-Readiness to serve God’s will, not mine.
-“Willingness: to go to any lengths…” to achieve sobriety, which means going to any lengths to perform “God’s will.”
-“Sobriety” is correctly interpreted as dedicating my fee-will to God, as the route by which I may be freed from self-will.
-“Self-will,” as self-centered fear, drives of the ego, and character defects or sins, is understood to be the root of my problems.
-“The Source:” supplant my own self-will, or ego, as my driving motivation, with the intention to seek and perform God’s will.
-“Willingness:” intention or motivation, the driving force, impetus, motive, or reason for my thoughts and actions, direction
-“Willingness:” direction of my free-will, as either directed by self-will or to God’s will; self-seeking as serving my selfish needs, or seeking God to serve His will of love; proper use of will is to surrender it to God; surrendering my will to God is the only path by which one may know and enact morality, righteousness, and altruism, as the greatest form of goodness; serving God’s will to the exclusion of self-will is the only way in which to truly love selflessly.
-“Willingness:” to drop everything and be of service to God, and not my own self
-“Willingness:” to offer my free-will to God
-“Willingness:” as the readiness to do the right thing without any thought of myself; giving up self-interest for the greatest good, which is only ever God’s will
-“Willingness:” to give my utmost efforts and try my hardest to do God’s will and the right thing; relief of not needing to worry if it’s possible by virtue of striving to do God’s will, which defies the very existence of impossibilities; release to focus of my effort with the comfort of knowing that God’s solution is inevitable, as long as I try my hardest to follow Him.

🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
“Trial and Error”🕸🔍❄️
-“You never know what is enough until you know what is more than enough.” (-William Blake, via “For Today,” p. 284)
“Jane Doe:🚺Poetic License”
-Trip the Light Fantastick: to dance lightly
-Excerpts from “L’Allegro” by John Milton
“In Heav’n yclept Euphrosyne,❣️
And by men, heart-easing Mirth,❤️
Whom lovely Venus at a birth💛
With two sister Graces more💚
To ivy-crowned Bacchus bore” 💙
-“Trip the Light Fantastick…”
“Com, and trip it as ye go,💜
On the light fantastick toe.”💖
-“The Tempest” by William Shakespeare
“Before you can say come, and goe,💕
And breathe twice; and cry, so, so: 💞
Each one tripping on his Toe, 💗
Will be here with mop, and mowe.” 💓💘
(Wikipedia.com)
“Sugar Plum Fairy”💋💜👑
-…Came and hit the streets,
-Looking for soul food… (-Lou Reed)
https://m.youtube.com/watch?
v=x0jeqEidtPw
(Ballet: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from the Nutcracker, Royal Opera House)
-…and they were singing, bye bye Miss American Pie…🎶💜💓
📜(Bible Passages)
Revelation 15:
1-3; “Through the Looking-Glass Eye”👑
4-6; “If You Build It They Will Come”⚾️💭
7-8; “Trust God💛Inventory💠Help Out”
2 Corinthians 8:
1-3; “Leaps and Faith Abounds”👟🌔🇺🇸
4-6; “✨In Proportion to🔑Willingness”
7-9; “Troubleshooting,🕸Strength+Hope”
10-12; “Followthrough:⚒Act by🏰Faith”
13-15; “Utopian by Ability: = In Effort”🕋
16-18; “Ante-Christ: Good News!…”🗞🕊
19-21; “My Halo?✨Thinking with God”☄️
22-24; “Evidence: Ante up…God!”⚡️😉
📜(Bible Chapters)
Revelation 15; “Key to His Kingdom”💭🏰
2 Corinthians 8; “Proof of Love for God”✍🏻️
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Revelation 15Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
15 And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God. 2 And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, andover the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God. 3 And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints. 4 Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thouonly art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.
5 And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened: 6 and the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues, clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles. 7 And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth for ever and ever. 8 And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.

2 Corinthians 8Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
8 Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia; 2 how that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality. 3 For to their power, I bear record, yea, and beyond their power they were willing of themselves; 4 praying us with much intreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints. 5 And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God. 6 Insomuch that we desired Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also finish in you the same grace also. 7 Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also. 8 I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of others, and to prove the sincerity of your love. 9 For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.
10 And herein I give my advice: for this is expedient for you, who have begun before, not only to do, but also to be forward a year ago. 11 Now therefore perform the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to will, so there may be a performance also out of that which ye have. 12 For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not. 13 For I mean not that other men be eased, and ye burdened: 14 but by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may be a supply for their want, that their abundance also may be a supplyfor your want: that there may be equality: 15 as it is written, He that had gatheredmuch had nothing over; and he that had gathered little had no lack.
16 But thanks be to God, which put the same earnest care into the heart of Titus for you. 17 For indeed he accepted the exhortation; but being more forward, of his own accord he went unto you. 18 And we have sent with him the brother, whose praise is in the gospel throughout all the churches; 19 and not that only, but who was also chosen of the churches to travel with us with this grace, which is administered by us to the glory of the same Lord, and declaration of your ready mind: 20 avoiding this, that no man should blame us in this abundance which is administered by us: 21 providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men. 22 And we have sent with them our brother, whom we have oftentimes proved diligent in many things, but now much more diligent, upon the great confidence which I have in you. 23 Whether any do enquire of Titus, he is my partner and fellowhelper concerning you: or our brethren be enquired of, they are the messengers of the churches, and the glory of Christ. 24 Wherefore shew ye to them, and before the churches, the proof of your love, and of our boasting on your behalf.

🌞10/11/16
“The Labyrinth and the Ball of Thread”
✏️Topical Outline:
-The Labyrinth: The Great Escape
-Square 1: The Right Angle
-Altruistic Love: Square and Compass
-Mother of Invention: A Path Created
-God’s-Eye-View: Panorama
-Working Parts: Know Yours
-The Way: Follow the Leader
-Theseus and Ariadne: Hope on a String
-3 Branches: Division of Power’s Labor
-Happily Ever After…

“The Labyrinth and the Ball of Thread”
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“The Labyrinth: The Great Escape”🔑🏳️‍🌈
Sometimes, one of life’s challenges may be so vast or complex that it appears insurmountable and impossible to overcome. However, there is always a solution to any challenge that one may encounter, and the answer may be found by adjusting my own perception, or in changing the perspective that I assume in approaching the obstacle. When I have a problem, it is necessary that I first lay out a blueprint, to “break it down” into smaller components, so that the task ahead is better understood and appears doable. If I disassemble the issue into smaller and therefore more manageable pieces, then I may take a “step by step” approach towards the solution; conversely, if I try to solve a problem as one singularly vast and convoluted issue, it may be too complex or overwhelming to perceive as manageable, and so I may be incapable of actually working my way through it successfully. Thus, whenever I encounter a problem, no matter how hopeless the scenario may seem, I know that there is a “Step 1” that I may take in order to get started in the right direction. In putting God first, as “First Things First;” I know to turn to God in prayer and admit the unmanageability of my position and my powerlessness over the circumstances. I will lay out the issue before Him and clear the air of my own fear in the face of the issue and my sense of being overwhelmed by the expanse of the work ahead of me. When I rightly relate myself to my Creator, I am coming from a place of both humility and honesty. I recognize my own utter powerless as a human being, but I also make sure to acknowledge the omnipotence of my Creator, and when I turn to God I do so with the most charitable understanding of Him, as being eager to show me His path, and willing to lead me to His solution.

“Square 1: The Right Angle”📐💛💠
I fully expect that God has a loving plan for me and desires to care for me, if only I seek His will instead of mine, and attempt to follow Him to a solution on His terms. With this right understanding of God, as being eager to guide me through my difficulties, but only within the range of His will, I may follow the straight and narrow high road, so that I may uncover the greater meaning from working through my difficulties, and gain the jewels of wisdom from learning their spiritual significance. This “Square 1,” as the correct definition or understanding of God, is absolutely essential if I am to work Together with Him, and actually see the miracles that He has in store, by first working through His path and overcoming the obstacles ahead that would necessitate such a miracle. Only the best possible interpretation of God is acceptable if I wish to work with Him, because I need to trust Him devoutly and unquestioningly, offering Him the complete weight of my being and complete control over the outcome. The only allowable conception of God is that He wills only unconditional love, and is the absence of any evil or harmful intentions. God is the greatest, and so if I wish to lay down the foundation for a real and working relationship with Him, I must recognize Who He is and what He stands for, so that We are on the same page and have a true basis for a mutual understanding. Only the most charitable understanding of God gives Him the proper credit, and only a true and honest basis of understanding is solid ground for a meaningful relationship. Thus, if I ever think anything less than the absolute best of God, which is perfect, uncompromising, and all-inclusive love, then I will shut my self off to His true will, and I will not be able to receive Him to demonstrate His miracles within my life. God is the perfection of virtues and morality, and so if I expect les than perfection in God, then I am not paying Him the proper respect, and could not hope for a mutual understanding or a relationship with collaborative efforts. God will not cater to a falsehood or to a dishonest motive, and so I must recognize Him as He truly is, which could only ever possibly be the best version of love, if I wish to get to know Him and learn of His love and of the values within His will.

“Altruistic Love:💛Square and Compass”
Through God, all things are possible. If I wish to find my way out of whatever form of a labyrinth lies ahead of me, then I will take my Step 1, and let go of my desire to control the outcome or determine the solution to the problem. Instead of trying to call the shots, I will make room in my heart by removing my ego from the pilot’s seat, so that God may step in to the position of prominence within my mind. When I let go of trying to take the role that is rightfully reserved for God in my life, then I may finally be receptive to His will of divine intervention, and witness first-hand His working of miracles within my own life. When I approach the problem ahead of me from the “right angle,” by which I mean, from within the context of God’s love for us, then I may correctly intuit that He is waiting for me to seek His help, so that He may reveal His perfect love as the solution. God is the best, and so nothing less than the best would be acceptable to His sight as my own view of Him; thus, charity, as applied to my interpretation of God and of His will, is indispensable and pivotal if I wish to gain true knowledge of God. It is my side of the street in Our relationship to summon up the charity to only assume the best of God. When I define God’s will as being “only unconditional love,” in some form or another, this generosity, or act of charity, in addition to the factual accuracy of this assumption, pricks God’s ears, as being a cognition properly in-tune with His will. At this intersection of our minds and hearts, of having honestly and correctly fathomed God’s ultimate nature of reality, then God and I are now on the same page, and We can proceed to work Together.

“Mother of Invention: A Path Created”🎨
Truthful understanding is necessary for God to intervene, as only the true interpretation of God is conducive to the trust necessary, of true love, for the firm foundation by which His miracles may be set on solid ground and become manifest. Once I provide the platform of faith, by virtue of clinging steadfastly to my own belief that God could only ever be perfectly and unconditionally loving, then innately and naturally, I will start to fall into confluence with His will and see His love infiltrate my life. Guessing properly at the reality of “Rumpelstiltskin,” works much like “Open Sesame,” however I do have to pull my weight and provide the faith myself, by instilling my conception of God as love into the most seemingly desperate of life’s scenarios. God wishes to work Together with great efforts to generate love, and not just to grant empty wishes. My side of the street of Our relationship is to cling to my values firmly, and when I am confronted with some sort of hatefulness, or challenged in my convictions that God is love, by a temptation or a test of being led to face down an evilness, it is my job to infuse my interpretation of that scenario with the glory of my belief in God’s love. When I cling to this charity, as my belief in only the best of God, despite all evidence to the contrary, then I pass the test, and He will step in to reveal His solution of love. In this way, my faith and loving trust are requirements to know God and work with Him, because if I don’t pull my weight by supplying the faith, especially in the absence of any overt displays of God’s care, then I cannot hope to do all of the footwork necessary to persist in His will, and arrive at the solution of His miracle.

“God’s-Eye-View: Panorama”💠🌈
God sort of watches over, and gives me an obstacle or a course, but then He may step away, and test my ability to maintain the course in the absence of His presence. If I can maintain my footing and continue to work hard towards His will, and trust that He is watching overhead, then I may pass His test, as this is sort of like an evaluation period to observe my learning. He is supervising me the whole Time, but I am to learn to strengthen my ability to demonstrate love and trust under any and all circumstances, and to provide these efforts myself in the face of hate, and I learn to do this by working, for periods of Time, in the absence of His guiding love. The greatest skill He would teach us the ability to be loving and to cling to His trajectory of perfect love no matter what, under any and all circumstances. This work is accomplished by an ebb and flow, or two steps forward and one step back, and really, life’s challenges are intended to sharpen my acuity of the virtues, and to strengthen my sense of love and trust in God come what may. It is through this process of working Together with God through life’s challenges that We build up Our love for each other. In approaching life’s challenges as a divine collaboration, or as an obstacle course intended to be overcome by a Team effort, then We may expand and enhance our love and trust for each other Eternally, as is God’s will for us.

“Working Parts: Know Yours”💚❤️💙
In working Together with God and Jesus, We may constructively channel God’s inexhaustible resources of goodness, love, and compassion to good purpose. The cultivation of such love is necessitated by the process of overcoming life’s obstacles. I recognize that my part is not to know the outcome, or even to be working towards a display of results; rather, my role in my relationship with God is to kindle the fire of my faith and nurture the Truth of His Love. Mantras of compassion, sentiments of affection, expressions of love, and acts of devotion are the fuel by which I foster my sense of love for God. Whenever I feel that my energy supply, or inspiration, is low, I “rev my engine,” by making a effort in the name of God, and I initiate an action with the purposeful and deliberate reason, or intention, of demonstrating my love to God through my efforts, and I praise God. Spot-check moral inventories are necessary, because when I feel depleted or dejected, I must take a moment to assess this feeling and see that it stems from self-will and catering to my own ego. The proper solution to any uneasiness that I may experience comes from reaffirming my ultimate goal and aim in life, which is “God’s will, not mine, be done,” and then I may find the joy and satisfaction I crave by striving to please God and express my love to Him. Living for God is God’s intention, and is naturally and innately satisfying, whereas living to satisfy my own needs is the essence of sin, and the root of all the evils I may ever experience in my life. Selfishness, as a form of greed and fear, originates in the intention for my actions. If I do not intentionally seek to perform God’s will, as the only route of morality and as the only “greatest good,” then my engine, or my motivating force, will inevitable by filled with my own ego, as selfish, sinful, and godless motivations. Thus, I constantly must “keep the faith,” and fuel the “celestial fire of Our love” with my own thoughts and acts of devotion, and the worship of “conscious contact,” as offering my mind to God with constant thoughts of Him, such that it becomes the shared territory of “God-Consciousness.”

“The Way: Follow the Leader”💛🏹💛
When working through a maze, it is a good strategy to start out at the end point and then work backwards, untwining the path of the solution back to the start. In beginning at the end of the maze, We may unfurl out and reveal the correct path, or the necessary steps that must be taken, in order to arrive at that designated solution. This process of working my way through a maze, or the “mythical labyrinth,” is a good analogy for problem-solving by using my faith in God. My hope, as my belief in only the best of God, is “the aim” and dictates the ultimate answer, and so, necessarily and inevitably, I will arrive at God’s perfect solution if I follow through my hope with the footwork of faith, working to follow the path with the trajectory set forth by hope. My faithful effort serves as the works, or the “ground troops” and necessary action, that is required to put God’s vision into effect, as tangible within material reality. With the deliberate intentions of my own selfless love, as my motive of charity, to guide our efforts towards God’s perfect love and help maintain the trajectory set by hope, We may enact, fulfill, and actually materialize God’s plan for His creation.

“Theseus + Ariadne:🎣Hope on a String”
When over the course of Our work I become overwhelmed, flustered, stressed, or have my feathers ruffled in some way, I know to drop everything and “let go.” If I feel the the evils and sins of discontent, I know that I have taken back control over my will, as these are evils to which I am prone only through the absence of God’s guiding presence. The absence of God in my life only ever occurs by my own act of self-will, because this attempt at control upturns the hierarchy of priorities, and displaces God by stepping on His toes. When I let go of self-will, as my will to control my own life, I am no longer at the mercy of my own human weaknesses, nor my natural limitations of shortsightedness that will inevitably lead me to make a tangle of “Ananke’s thread,” or my Fate. When in hopeful and childlike submission I put up my hands, and offer my will and my grasp upon “Jacob’s Ladder” up to God, so that he may take care of it properly, I will have availed myself to His grace. In relinquishing control of myself to God, I will have reestablished God’s intended hierarchy, and may then be privy to this, “God’s Own perspective,” by conforming and aligning myself to God’s Almighty will. Through the act of willingness and letting go, I may surrender my will to God, and let Him play His rightful part, which of course is God. I will always naturally fall victim to the impulse of my own ego at some point, and I will eventually act upon self-will as the instinct to control my life, instead of admitting powerlessness, surrendering myself, and following God’s will for me. Following self-will, which ousts God from His position of Caretaker and Director of my life, is a hard but necessary learning experience, and is part of being a child of God; I am imperfect as a child of God, rather than perfect as is only God Himself. It is a necessary step to learn how to refine the urges of my self and my own ego, in order to be more as God would have me. These moments of weakness keep me humble, and are meant as opportunities for me to uncover more of the weaknesses that are inherent in my own ego, so that I may learn how to replace these defects of character with the virtues of God’s will, and thus, follow in His footsteps to “grow.”

“3 Branches:🌳Division of Power’s Labor”
Whenever I get overwhelmed, I know to, in a way, “stop, drop , and roll,” because that feeling indicates to me that “my engine,” or the “celestial fire of Truth,” that is my “undying love for God,” has been bogarted by my own self-will and selfish concerns for myself. My I let my own ego fuel my engine, my “fire, or passion” is directed only by own self-will, and so manifests in the form of the lonely feelings that are inherent in the human ego if working in isolation, or apart from God and His love. When I let go of controlling my life with my own ego, I am no longer susceptible to the sense of loneliness or futility of self-will, and I may replace the guilt of self-seeking with the joy and praise of serving God. Thus, when I let go of my grasp upon myself, and the entirety of my perception of existence, I am lifted out of the tangle I have made of its divine threads. When I surrender the thread and my control over to God, I am ushered back to “square 1,” and I just recognize the single ultimate truth of my love for Him. In this way, when I let go of my grasp upon self-will, as worries, fears, ideas, feelings, and all the other forms of tangled understanding, the mire of self-will is lifted. From “square 1,” when I recognize only the fact of God’s love, He will intervene to rework the divine thread within my mind, and He will set Us back on the course of His pattern for the fabric of existence, of unconditional love, as only the Eternal perspective of God’s Most High and Almighty Vision ever could.

“Happily Ever After”
💛: 💚❤️💙
In the Pursuit of Happiness:
…Peace, Love, and Truth.💠🏳️‍🌈

🔔Lunch Communion Topics:
-“Reunited:” Ananke and Chronos
-“A Golden Age”💛
-“Nuclear Family:” the Holy Trinity
-💠”There’s a perspective for anything.” My job is to leave the “vision” to God, and fulfill my end by providing the footwork.💘

🔔Dinner Communion Topics
-“Instrumental” by Design.👻🎻🕊
-Q+A: If there is a God, why is there evil in the world? Because God gave us free-will. “God’s will, not mine, be done.”
“Upright💠and💛Pure-Hearted”
-Being dishonest simply wouldn’t occur to innocence, and neither would any less than the most loving and charitable interpretation of any given circumstance.
-A Mask: “…I think it was for warmth! But I guess it could have been jealously…”😇
-Bringing the “sunshine” might be my job, and I ought not to expect the Son to shine if I don’t supply that optimism with my own attitude, by offering praises up to the Lord.
-Only God’s “unconditional love” makes self-honesty, with the admission of all of my sins and defects of character, possible.
-“Lying to ourselves is more deeply ingrained than lying to others.” (-Fyodor Dostoyevsky, via “For Today,” p. 285)
-If you are innocent, you will be thoroughly honest in your intentions, and tell those who mean harm to you that they can hate you, defile you, and persecute you all they want, and that you will only ever love them all the more, try to protect them from their own actions, and forgive them for any and all of their sins. Then you will be willing to make good on this intention and carry the weight of their harmful actions in secret.
-Tie Means: “to Share the Win”
-“Four-In-Hand”👔
https://m.youtube.com/watch?
v=FY4Y1gTO9HE
(Bolshoi Ballet: Dance of the Little Swans)
-“Hole in One+One for All”🌹⚔️🛡
https://m.youtube.com/watch?
v=kkQfrxu0qXI
(Nina Ananiashvili, the Black Swan Coda)
-The Time Has Come… to save the day!⌛️
(Save the Dei and the Date)
📜(Bible Passages)
Revelation 16:
1-3: “Yes Sir, May I Have Another!”🙌🌎
4-6; “TNA: Sequence is Key”👙👣🍒
7-9; “…Your Mother with that Mouth?”💋
10-12; “Against the Current🦁Grain”⛲️⌛️
13-15; “Kiss a Lot of Frogs…”💋🐸👑
16-18; “My Milkshake Brings…”🍼⛳️
19-21; “Heavy Reading Homework”📚🍇
Galatians 4:
1-3; “Highest💘Aim is Humble Servant”🛎
4-6; “Foster the Inner Child”💠👼
7-9; “Love God: Entails💛Friend+Foe”
10-12; “Under-Stood the Test of 👑Time”
13-15; “AA Utopia: Best Stuff on Earth”🍑
16-18; “Rein by Love not by Fear”❤️🎅👑
19-21; “Believe in Love 🎤…But You First!”
22-24; “Freemason: Faith Past Death”👻
25-27; “Promised Ark:👙Cradle of Life”🌈
28-30; “Pursue the Spirit to🏰Eternal Life”
31; “Free Spirit: Turned Her Key…”🔏🚪🌈

📜(Bible Chapters)
Revelation 16; “What’s In The Box?”📦
Galatians 4; “Neo-Born: Heaven’s Gate”🕶

Revelation 16Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
16 And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth. 2 And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.
3 And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea.
4 And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood. 5 And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus. 6 For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy. 7 And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.
8 And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. 9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.
10 And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain, 11 and blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.
12 And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. 13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. 14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. 15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. 16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.
17 And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done. 18 And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. 19 And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath. 20 And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. 21 And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.

Galatians 4Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
4 Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; 2 but is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. 3 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world: 4 but when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, 5 to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. 6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. 7 Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
8 Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods. 9 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? 10 Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years. 11 I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.
12 Brethren, I beseech you, be as I am; for I am as ye are: ye have not injured me at all. 13 Ye know how through infirmity of the flesh I preached the gospel unto you at the first. 14 And my temptation which was in my flesh ye despised not, nor rejected; but received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus. 15 Where is then the blessedness ye spake of? for I bear you record, that, if it had been possible, ye would have plucked out your own eyes, and have given them to me. 16 Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth? 17 They zealously affect you, but not well; yea, they would exclude you, that ye might affect them. 18 But it is good to be zealously affected always in a good thing, and not only when I am present with you. 19 My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you, 20 I desire to be present with you now, and to change my voice; for I stand in doubt of you.
21 Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law? 22 For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman. 23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise. 24 Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar. 25 For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. 26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all. 27 For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband. 28 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise. 29 But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it isnow. 30 Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman. 31 So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.

🌞10/12/16
“God’s Violin d’Ingres: An Instrument of Peace”🎻
✏️Topical Outline:
-“Quotes of Heroism”
-Attitude: What Can I Do for God?
-Willingness as a Byproduct of Caritas
-Self-Care Supplanted with God-Care
-Relief from Serving God not Self
-Refining Focus: to Behold the Moment
-Redirecting Instincts: Loosen My Grasp
-Letting Go: Lets God In
-Wind: Spiritual Temperament
-Reception: Changing with God’s Flow
-St. Francis Instrument: Tune and Retune
-Iron Apparatus: Fluidity of Thought

“God’s Violin d’Ingres: An Instrument of Peace”🎻

(“Le Violin d’Ingres,” by Man Ray, 1924)

“You want to know how I did it? This is how I did it, Anton: I never saved anything for the swim back.” (-Vincent, from “Gattaca”)

“Dizzy: Rico, I’m dying.
Johnny Rico: No Diz, you’ll be fine.
Dizzy: But it’s OK, because I got to have you.” (-from “Starship Troopers”)

“Attitude: What Can I Do for God?”🎈
I find that I require an objective each morning, in order for my life to feel meaningful and worthwhile. I have tried in the past living just for myself, by pursuing my own occupational goals or my own material wants and cares, but this sort of living has always left me feeling empty inside. I think that deep down, part of my soul knew that catering to my own cares and fostering my own selfishness was a sin, and I could not find that deeper meaning that I crave in that self-centered lifestyle. Ultimately, living for myself, and directing my own will towards selfish aims, inevitable left me feeling hollow and guilty. My conscience knew that something was amiss, even though I didn’t know exactly what was out of place. It is such a relief to have figured out what had gone awry in my life, and to be able to understand and take responsibility for my part in the solution. It had never occurred to me that I was meant to be living for God, and not for myself. Only with the selfless lifestyle practices of seeking to live up to spiritual principles and ideals of virtue, based upon my desire to serve God’s will and not my own, am I able to feel a sense of meaning in my life, and a higher spiritual purpose that stands firm, regardless of my “self.” My priority and source of well-being has naught to do with my own personal welfare, my wants and needs, my specific situation, nor my current circumstances, but rather, is contingent upon my sense of God, as ultimately, He is all I care about. When I wake up and wonder what I need, I am filled with anxiety, apprehension, worry, and myriad forms of self-focused fears about whether or not my needs will be met. I think that this anxiety is a sort of “cognitive dissonance” type of reaction to the sin of selfishness; innately, I know it is wrong to worry after myself, and my mind tries to tell me that something is amiss. The solution to the natural tendency, but sin nonetheless, to cater to my own ego has but one solution, which is to offer my will and my life up to the service of God. Any form of charity other than to serve God’s will is unworthy of the dedication of the human soul, as none but God is deserving of, or capable of reciprocating, my acts of devotion and my intentions to cater to His interests. Only God’s will is an Almighty and unconditional good-will, and is Love beyond any finite human capacity.

“Willingness as a Byproduct of🌹Caritas”
Sequence is key in situating my mentality and my prerogatives to be of maximum service to God and His children. When I offer my will and my life to the service of God, there is a proper order and a system of priorities to which I ought to adhere. I struggle with worries of self-esteem and personal inadequacy, which are the sins of self-centered fears. When I approach God in the morning, I find that if I let go of any concern for myself, these fears disappear. However, if I do not take care to actively oust these ego-driven fears from my mind, by actively and intentionally inserting replacement thoughts, of my dedication to God and what I could do to care for Him, then these fears will crop back up. Thus, by implanting the landscape of my mind with prayers of selfless love and intentions of altruistic service, I may lay the solid foundation for the conception of a loving God to take precedence over my entire life. My conception of God absolutely must be based upon the notion that He is perfectly and unconditionally loving towards the entirety of His creation, and that He would only ever will the very best care for me. Serving God is much like serving one’s country; I offer my life to the greater good, and that “Greatest Good” takes care of me in return, and so my own well-being is essentially a byproduct of my own charity. I find that oftentimes I may be lacking in willingness, but this is only because the sequence of my interests is out of order. The solution to problems of willingness is not necessarily that I am pursuing the wrong things, but it may be more that I am pursuing them in the wrong order. My willingness, as my motivation and readiness to seek and serve God’s will ahead of my own, comes as a side-effect of my expressions of love and thanks up to God. When I voice my love, devotion, and praises up to the Lord, He appreciates this offering of my “heart and soul,” and He reciprocates by filling me with a sense of love, His very own incomparable and divine love of “agápē.” This love from God serves as a positive reinforcement, and bestows me with the “willingness, to go to any lengths,” to serve Him on His moral path of upright living. In this way, by demonstrating my love for God by offering Him thanks and praise, He will love me back and supply me with the energy and willingness to maintain my intentions of serving His will and not mine. I find that I even feel a whole new type of self-esteem based upon my dedication to God, over and above and to the exclusion of any other care. I would call this “God-esteem” an emotional perk and benefit of striving to do the right thing, as dictated by God.

“Self-Care Supplanted with God-Care”🕊
When I prioritize God, the Father, as the Thing in which I am most interested, and the fulcrum of my life’s design, then all the evils inherent in self-centered concerns, and the guilt that such preoccupations entail, are lifted entirely from my psyche. When I offer my love and my life to God, the care that I was trying to provide for myself is directed to God’s higher purpose, and I receive, in turn, His care for me instead of mine. The care of God is disparate to the love or care from any other source. When I strive to linger within the will of God rather than to follow my own cares and inclinations, I receive the strength of God as like a protective fortress. My own emotions and concerns are liable to change and shift with the influence of my environment, and so I cannot depend upon myself as a source of steadfast stability; I am simply too human and fragile to be impervious to my environment and fluctuations in my mood. If I tried to live based upon my cares, and standards that I myself dictated, then I would inevitably crumble away in despair when I received a disappointment, a blow to the integrity of my person, or if my feelings became saddened somehow, and my ability to care and stay motivated enough to continue on anyway would be too flimsy to sustain me upon God’s path. When I give up the placement and organization of my cares and values over to God directly, then I don’t collapse like a house of cards when life hands me a raw deal, because I am not determining what I care about, rather, I am leaving that up to God to decide for me by clinging only to Him as what’s important to me in my life.

“Relief from Serving God not Self”💛👑
When I value God and not myself, it does not seriously affect me when I get hurt, because I know that God is still okay. Thus, by prioritizing God in my life, I am given the strength to keep going and persist in His will and upright living, no matter what befalls me. I find that I can even “match calamity with serenity,” because I am not relying upon myself, but rather, upon the indisputable love of God. My weakness is God’s strength, and so when my own human frailties overcome me, this is merely the precursor to the climax, as this is the point at which God will step in to overcome in all His glory. My point of weakness is God’s point of entry, and if I keep the faith in Him as my savior during the exhaustion and depletion of my own resources, then God will have that solid foothold in my heart by which to demonstrate His powers of restoration and His will, as strong to save, love, and care.

“Refining Focus:📯to Behold the Moment”
When I prioritize God, and let Him dictate my wants and cares, then no situation, circumstances, event, person, emotion, or seemingly “earth-shattering” news can ever shake me too strongly, because when I fall back on God, He catches me and sets me back up in the right direction. I don’t let my own feelings call the shots in my life or dictate my actions, but rather, I defer my cares and interests to God, so that He may lead me in His will of perfect love. God is actually the only thing that I am supposed to care about to begin my value system, so that when something falls away, He can step in to fill that gap, as only God Himself directly is all-sufficient. This is the meaning of Mosaic Law and the First Commandment: that I should place no matters ahead of the importance of God in my life, and first and foremost, I am to love God Himself directly, with my thoughts and prayers, and also with the intention behind my actions, as efforts dedicated up to God alone as my worship. When I practice refining my focus to be directed towards thoughts of God and His most supreme, altruistic good-will, then I may enjoy the serenity of surrendering to the moment, and His heavenly bliss, which is that of a clean conscience, from abiding within His will. My happiness depends upon what I intend and whether or not that conforms to morality and the will of God. My thoughts at this very moment are the source of my serenity, and when I just focus upon my intentions to love God and do the right thing by following “His will,” which is really just an umbrella term for moral, upright, and righteous behavior, in accordance to the virtues and higher-order, altruistic principles of goodness, then I may experience the freedom from worry that doing the right thing entails. When I spend my day by just trying my hardest to do the next right thing, within the flow of God’s will, then there is no reason to worry about the future. When I tend to my own morality in this present moment, this action precludes any worries about the future; I am already doing all I can by focusing upon giving my best efforts. When I give all that I am to my work along God’s path as I go forth in life, by surrendering to the moment and wholly devoting my best efforts, then fear for the future is illogical, because there’s literally nothing more that I could do to live rightly.

“Redirecting Instincts: Loosened🎺Grasp”
Thus, by staying focused upon the present moment, my love for God, and devoting my all, as my best efforts, to my work in His name, then I am on God’s path of upright, moral living, and I am privy to the blissful clean conscience of abiding within His will. This adherence to God’s path is what frees me from fear and the bondage of self, along with all the sins inherent in selfish concerns and materialistic cares. When I abide with God and follow the urging of the spirit rather than the selfish sins of the ego and the flesh, then I may follow God with reasonable ease in this life, and gain entrance to His Kingdom in the next, as this life is meant merely as a preparation, or an opportunity for me to ready my soul for God’s gift of Eternal Life.

“Letting Go: Lets God In”🔔💭🏳️‍🌈
I strive to loosen my grasp upon my will and my life so that God may step in and relieve me of my self-constructed prison. Any soul existing in the absence of the idea of a loving God who is in control is bound by the shackles of material existence, and thus, is confined to the impermanence of the corporeal realm. When I follow God’s directions and His intentions for me, and strive to uphold His virtues and selfless priorities in my daily living, then my soul may be properly primed to cling to these Eternal truths at my Time of passing, and thus, my spirit may be strong enough to continue on into God’s Eternity in the Kingdom of Heaven. If I have not nurtured my spirit and developed my capacity for the various virtues by upholding such values in my daily living, then there may not be any real spiritual substance to my being, and my spirit may not be hardy enough to exist past the death of my flesh and the natural impermanence of corporeal existence. If I wish to follow God into Heaven, I must do my part in this lifetime to build my spirit. My striving is for my soul to be acceptable only in God’s eyes, and no one else’s, because God alone is the source of all virtue and goodness, and only God can and will guide me righteously to freedom. If I follow the urging of my surroundings, then I will be led to sin. Only by steadying myself, and the foundation for my sense of being, upon God, by upholding the path that Christ laid out for us, may I follow in righteousness, as the cares of what my fellow man thinks of me are rooted in the ego-driven fears and my own selfish concerns, and so conforming to social influence instead of to God’s will is a sin, and will only drive me apart from God. When I let go of my attachment to these selfish and sinful cares and influences, and steady myself only upon my idea of God’s unconditional love, then I will be immune to the sins and evils of the world and may overcome temptation by relying upon God, and thus will advance through spiritual development to God’s Heaven.

“Divine Wind:🎷Spiritual Temperament”
I strive to maintain, albeit with much difficulty, a spiritual temperament, as a looseness of my grasp upon my self and the world, so that I may follow the urging of my spirit and God’s will instead of external and sinful stimuli or influences. When I remain cognitively loose, in terms of the ideas to which I cling, my locus of control, and my attention and my focus, and secure myself only to my connection to God, then I may follow His will of infinite possibilities, instead of being bound by the constraints of the laws of nature, or man. In this way, by faithfully holding to my idea of God and nothing else, I may bypass the limitations of the human world, and I may instead receive God’s miracles for me, while still mortal, and within this lifetime. This reality of God is the promise of God’s covenant, as His gift to those of true faith.
💛💠🌈

“Reception:🎼Changing with God’s Flow”
In seeking only God and valuing only God, I will, in effect, dictate what I will receive. When in proper tune, by aiming my sights upon the single worthy aim for any human pursuit, which is “only God,” then I may go through my day and perform my duties with the joy of knowing that I am part of a higher purpose. My daily tasks are suddenly infiltrated with “God’s magic,” as the deeper meaning and significance entailed by spiritual contemplation. Wondrously, going through my day is become like a spiritual scavenger hunt of love letters between myself and God, and at the point of an impasse or a problem, I can step back to the emotional security of my knowledge of God; I can rest assured in knowing that He is watching and giving me the obstacle as a chance to grow spiritually and refine my skill-set of the virtues. In intuiting a higher purpose to life’s difficulties, I can proceed in working through them with serenity, because I don’t have to worry about whether or not there’s a way out. I already know that there’s a solution. With God always in my thoughts, I can just wonder after what His solution, or way out, may look like in this new scenario, then try to learn the spiritual lesson that He is teaching and absorb the new jewel of insight that He wills for me.

“St Francis Instrument: Tune🎻+Retune”
I enjoy fostering a mental landscape filled with the virtues of a spiritual existence, as this new dimension of living, that ushers me into God’s loving hands, is the direct result of my own contribution of efforts. I take reprieve in my desire to do the right thing no matter what, and find great joy in learning to value spiritual principles and the will and Person of God over and above myself and all the sinful cares of the flesh, or of my own ego and it’s natural, evil habitat of the material realm. When I cater to the values of the spiritual realm, the bliss of God’s presence becomes a little more tangible. The more often I make choices in my life based upon the desire to be closer to God and to do the right thing, the more God closes in upon me and answers the call of His child. I find that I feel successful in my day’s work the extent to which I used it merely as a means by which to exert effort in the the name of my love for God, as a display of my affection. It is by virtue of my intention that I feel God’s presence, as He is always patiently waiting for me to seek Him. When I strive towards God with the proper respect of a child for a Father, as on the terms that He had laid out and not mine, then He is Here.

“Iron🛡Apparatus: Fluidity of Thought”🎶
I am striving towards an “openness of spirit” to let God work through me, and to be merely an apparatus, or an extension, of the will of God, in order to fulfill God’s will rather than to assert my own self-will. Aiming to follow God and channel God’s will is much more difficult than directing myself and channeling self-will, but it is helpful to try to think His thoughts after Him, and to stick to His mind by the intentional sacrifice of my own cognition. When I embody the open-mindedness of the spirit, through the willingness to serve God and none other, then I may enjoy the ease of living that He intends for His children, as a taste of His vision for me, and a hint of the better things to come.
💐”Joy is Plucked…”🎸

🔔Lunch Communion Topics:
-Now+Here (never no-where)!
“A Description of the Spirit”🌹🕊👑
-“A Striving of Focus:” physically orienting my mental focus, or my attention, to within my mind, balanced at the “seat of my soul”
-“A Process of Homeostasis:” consciously aiming the natural fluctuation of vital energies towards a state of equilibrium, by balancing out the flesh against the spirit, with an efflux of ego and an influx of God
-“Find Your Center:” a conception of God situated physically at the “crown chakra”

🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
“Air to the Throne”🙏👑🎸
-I had thought that I needed praise and support from those around me, and I craved encouragement and care, but it turns out that what I actually needed was to be the one offering praise, and to let my heart sing out with love for God above.
-The encouragement that I truly needed was that which I was meant to give, as none that I have received could possibly have satisfied that craving of my soul, which was simply to play an active role in the process of life by working towards the solution and following God’s path for me.
-This misconstrual of my intended part in life, and the all the irritability, restlessness, and discontent that inevitably follows, is the natural result when the position of prominence within my psyche, which is intended for God, is left vacant, and so becomes filled with my own ego instead. With God reinstated upon the throne of my heart and my soul, He may thwart the evils of selfishness, and dispel the heartache and soul-sickness caused by my self-will.
“A Guide to…?”🌳(One Day at a Time)
-“…To live usefully and walk humbly with the Lord.”
-“Success can corrupt;
usefulness can only exalt.” (-Dimitri Mitropoulos, via “For Today,” p. 286)
*Editor’s Note:
-“Meat:” means the good parts, the core, the substance and the heart of the matter, the source of joy and pleasure (not food!)
-“Fornication:” means earthly pleasures of the flesh, as catering to sinful and selfish drives of the ego and material desires, rather than pursuing spiritual goodness
📜(Bible Passages)
Revelation 17:
1-3: “Jumped Sponsor-Ship”🏖🏊‍♀️🚣
4-6; “Plead the 5th Step: Et Tu, Brutus?”
7-9; “Lasting Emo Scars+Bribe Seeker”🗡
10-12; “+Family Business: Wages…”💼🔩
13-15; “Propheteering in Cahoots”👋💰
16-18; “Clientele Aghast at Scam”💸👛💄
Luke 11:
1-3; “Welcome Mat for God’s Will”🙏🚪
4-6; “Fellowship: True to the Word”⚓️⛱
7-9; “Persistent Seeker:🎀Bound to See”
10-12; “Ask for Gifts of the Holy Spirit”💝
13-15; “Judge⚖️by Fruit of (Spirit) Labor”
16-18; “God Will Not Work by Evil”💠
19-21; “All Powers Come from One💛God”
22-24; “Prodigal Son Always Welcome”💒
25-27; “One is too Many, and 1,000…”🕳
28-30; “Socratic Method: Oh Really?”
31-33; “Song for Someone”💋🕯📖
34-36; “Aiming for God and only God”🌈
37-39; “Good Word:🍑Spirit Sustenance”
40-42; “Virtue: Charity does not Mean💸”
43-45; “Wherein Lie Your Values?”🙏
46-48; “…For Good Men to do Nothing”
49-51; “Boyz II Amen” 💔🚸💛
52-54; “A Generation Lost in Space…”
📜(Bible Chapters)
Revelation 17; “Charlatan Charade”🏨🔮
Luke 11; “Goodwill: Turnkey in Kind”🎈❣️

Revelation 17Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
17 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: 2 with whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication. 3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. 4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: 5 and upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. 6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.
7 And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns. 8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is. 9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. 10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, andthe other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. 11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition. 12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. 13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. 14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.
15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. 16 And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. 17 For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled. 18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.

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

🌞10/13/16
“The Mothership: Eagle has Landed”🚀
✏️Topical Outline:
-Base Camp: of the Pyramid
-Navigation: Willing and Suited Hand
-Pow-Wow: A Collaboration
-Teamwork: Rally the Troops
-Seeing: Scope of Vision and Action
-Together: Meaning and Purpose
-Great Heights: Useful and Humble
-Hand in Hand: Matters Beyond Matter
-Truth: is Everlasting

“The Mothership: Eagle has Landed”🚀

“Base Camp:💛of the Pyramid”
When I try to develop a working model and description of what it is like to live a spiritual existence, the analogy of a vessel, or a mothership, comes to mind. Living spiritually, as in conjunction with my understanding of God, is a process of ongoing upkeep, maintenance, and improvement, to maintain spiritual fitness and seaworthy resilience, or hardiness. I view my being as the private property of God, and I assume a humble position of stewardship over His blessed craft. I see it as my job to keep this ship in good working order, which requires a Captain, a full crew, a mission, and a set of directives. I recognize the need to have a firm and steady backbone to this vessel, as the source of strength to the hull. I would call this need for reliance upon a base, from which could branch out the ribbing, masts, and body of the craft, much akin to my need for reliance upon my idea of God. My own conception or understanding of God serves as the foundation and substrate of my being and my sense of self. This base camp, or starting point for interpreting life, is self-determined, as only I can ultimately choose what to believe. When I lay a solid foundation based upon ideals of love, virtuosity, and altruism, then I will create the basis for a safe haven within my soul, to whence I may recede at any time I approach rough and troubled waters in this voyage of life. I believe the idea that the self is meant to be a Temple of God, but I find the idea of a seafaring vessel to be a logical evolution of that analogy, as it takes into account both the mobile nature of the self, and the progression, or journey of the soul through various obstacles, over the course of life. I try to provide the right attitude and a system of upright beliefs as the core, or the base camp, of my being, to bolster my efforts and lifestyle towards my vision of God’s ideals, and to guide my thoughts and actions so that I may fulfill that vision. My “secure base,” is my own idea that God is perfectly loving. This seems to me the only logical idea of God, because it is the only conception of God that will provide practical advantages if I apply that idea to my daily living practices. Only the idea of an unconditionally loving God provides the sense of safety and security that I crave and that could enable me to push ahead in life even if I suffer a blow or a setback. Within the context of my idea of God as the core and heart of my being, no challenge is insurmountable, and any hardship is only just part of the process of arriving upon some preexisting solution, as the mysterious unfurling of God’s love, which miracle is God’s artistry and mystery, of leading up to joy and wonder. “Seek and ye shall find,” and so when I seek God with this charity of my belief and expectation, that He could only ever be some form or another of unconditional Love, which is Perfection, then I will have properly “set up camp,” to receive Him as He is, and He will stay true to His promise and crown off my efforts with His own finishing touch, of His Eye of Providence.

“Navigation: Willing and Suited Hand”🃏
With my sense of self and my conception of God adhering to God’s objective reality, as in accordance with His actual Truth, I can finally start to live as He intends for me, as a child of God. I recognize that I am merely a small part of a larger whole, and that my finite human mind can only perceive a limited scope of His grand design. I admit my powerlessness and see that without working in collaboration with God, and His panoramic, omniscient perspective, I could not determine the best path in life, according to His Will of the greatest goodness. I wish to live as God would have me, taking the altruistic high road and upholding only the highest standards of morality and virtuosity. My will is to do the greatest good, but with my finite human mind, I could not possibly know what that would be to its perfect extent, nor would my idea of that perfection live up to God’s infinite glory. Thus, if I really wish to do the right thing, and serve the Highest Good, I will seek to serve God directly, rather than any other objective originating from my own mind. When I leave the directives up to God and let Him navigate my waters, I may follow a path of goodness beyond what I could comprehend with my finite perspective. If I trust God, and follow His will instead of my perception of a concrete path, I may uncover joys and blessings that I could not have known even existed. If I am willing to trust God and follow Him, even though the route may not make sense immediately, I may eventually realize His intended outcome, as a realization far greater than the one that my own sights and narrow scope of vision would have landed upon. God’s master plan, or “Grand Design,” is Eternal, infinite, and vastly convoluted, such that only His own mind and Eternal scope of vision could hope to make sense of its great mystery in its entirety. Thus, if I wish to fulfill His will according to His design, I must cooperate with Him and follow Him directly, as my Captain and Navigator, as otherwise I would become lost in the complexity of His creation. Thus, I must believe only the best in God so that I may trust Him and His vision unquestioningly. Only by believing that God is perfect and unconditional Love, as extended to everyone without exception, could I eliminate all room for doubt within my own mind of His will care for me. So this belief in God as perfect Love is not only charitable and generous and so a display of my own virtuosity, but is also functional and logical, in that it is the only conception of God that can be applied in real life to serve a practical purpose, of equipping one to meet and overcome life’s challenges, with love and peace of mind. Thus, with such an “ace up my sleeve,” of my willingness to extend my love to everyone, friend and foe alike, in accordance to my belief of God, and incidentally, also in accordance with the scriptures, I can always fall back upon this idea, that all is well, based upon my knowledge that God is good even where others fail me. This idea of God as Love is evidence of my own inclination towards His ideals, as only my own choice to uphold this belief lays a solid foundation. My belief serves as a placeholder, and when I nurture my thoughts and actions and ready myself for Him, God will eventually be needled enough to accept the persistence of my efforts, and He will step ashore onto my lovingly crafted welcome mat, entering through His very own personal gateway of my carefully constructed “red-painted church doors.”

“Pow-Wow: A Collaboration”🔬💠🔭
At this point of confluence, having made extensive and prolonged efforts to welcome God into my life, through a lifetime’s worth of efforts in practicing morality to live up to my faith in His love, never faltering through thick and thin, then God finally emerges, fulfilling His promise. Finally, when I recede into my safe haven of my own imagination, of my vision and belief of His perfection, He is there waiting, and ready to share His own vision. The foundation of my life was faithfully laid and kept, through following the lifestyle set forth by Jesus, and in being loyal to my beliefs about love by actually living up to these ideals through my actual behavior. I was led to believe that all I have to do is to try my hardest, and that it’ll be enough–because that’s all that I ever really can do. With this soft assurance, I can take refuge in my lifestyle practices and in knowing that I am trying my best in doing the right thing in the eyes of the Lord, and so any other judgement of me is irrelevant. This world has never loved me, but it was never meant to, because that is the role of God. And so, when I reach an impasse or an obstacle to my sense of well-being, I can view that challenge as par for the course of life on life’s terms, and I can turn within instead, to my own mental landscape and safe space wherein I commune with God. With my understanding of God, and His generous reciprocity to that loving understanding, as the firm bedrock for my very being, I can brace myself against His solid footing at any source of heartache, and persist in my actions to maintain the course without falling victim to self-pity. Thus, I fully expect to be discouraged and downtrodden, and to receive negative influences from the external material world, because this sinful world does not know God, nor the love of His will. Now when I receive such painful responses from this material and corporeal plane of existence, I know to turn to God, accessed from within through the spiritual plane of thought, that is the human imagination of my own cognition and moral conscience. When I turn the other cheek by turning to God for love, I am taken under His wing and led through righteousness along the path of His will, upward and onward to the greater things that He has in store for me.

“Teamwork: Rally the Troops”📡🛰
What I have come to determine is that I was not meant to live my life alone, by which I mean without the constant companionship of God and Jesus. Through holding Them close mentally, as having the idea of Them omnipresent in my thoughts, I may perceive life true to form, as a Team effort. I was intended to follow my faith and rely upon my Creator, and to turn to Him to be my Savior, literally, letting His will of loving strength supplant the powerlessness of my human condition. When I feel the sting of my weakness and human fragility, I am not to allow it to dishearten me, but rather, I am to turn to my faith. When I act upon my faith, I lift up my eyes in hope, to my belief in God’s will to love unconditionally, and then I proceed to take my next step in accordance to this belief, thus ensuring that my behavior is congruent to my values and moral ideals.

“Seeing:🚡Scope of Vision and Action”
God will always step in to do what I cannot do for myself, but He will not do for me that which I can do for myself. In this way, belief in God entails living life as a Team effort and as a process of Teamwork, as I am meant to shift the weight to Him when I can no longer shoulder the burden. I am never meant to fail in God’s eyes, as the perception of failure, if one is actually living the path of faith, is merely evidence of my own limited vision of God’s plan. One of the greatest spiritual lessons that I’ve learned, is how to stick to my values and cling to my willingness to keep trying for God’s will, even when my efforts appear to fall short or I perceive that I am a failure. The ability to let go of my own ego, as valuing my own opinion of myself, is necessary if I wish to hold myself to no judgement other than God’s standards. Falling prey to my own low self-esteem is a sin of my own egotism, because I am not meant to judge, and this applies not only to others, but also to myself. When I let go of my own perceptions of myself and relinquish the importance of my own opinion of myself, and stop judging myself by how I stand in relation to a desired outcome, then I may live as God intends, within the sheltering peace of His unconditional acceptance. At this point, I may enjoy the serenity of residing within His will, and so may proceed in trying my hardest at my day’s work as a freed spirit, and released from the shackles of my own judgement and fear over a future outcome. In letting God take the reins over the future and the results, I may enjoy the freedom of His love, rather than suffer from within the bondage of my own egocentric fear of inadequacy. I view my part in Our collaboration as to focus only upon trying my hardest from within the moment, and to give my best efforts in the name of love for God, and to try to live up to His standards without judging my own goodness, as that is God’s role. Instead of striving towards the outcome or towards desired results, I strive directly for God instead, and in this way, We may work through division of labor to achieve His vision. If I wish to achieve God’s vision, I must let Him work out that part of the plan and let go of trying to control or dictate what it might be myself, because that would only hamper His Almighty potential.

“Together:🚀Meaning and Purpose”
This trust in God’s plan and vision, and following His delegation, means that I must act on faith, and without knowledge of How His outcome will come to fruition. I accept that I am only responsible for a limited segment of Our work, much like in an assembly line. This blind faith means that I never need to fear personal failure, as even that cannot seriously upset me, because I have my eyes inclined instead towards the more distant fruit, of God as my judge. In this way, I can overlook the physical results of my labor, including any failures, as they are incidental, and merely tangential to my primary aim, of God Himself. When all other parts of my life crumble away, I will remain, because I am founded only upon God, as His Temple. Furthermore, I am powerless as a human being, and am not actually meant to succeed in any of life’s challenges. All power only ever comes from God, and so the praise for any achievement, and the role of the Champion, is meant for God. Thus, when I live life as Together with God, then everything always makes sense within my understanding of the world, and any sort of misfortune or personal shortcoming falls into its proper place within my mental schema, as having a greater meaning and leading to a higher purpose, and this is because I let God arrange my mind according to His will. When I let God call the shots in my life, I can interpret it according to the meaning that He had actually intended, and so as I abide within His will, I may enjoy the Truth of God’s unconditional love as my reality.

“Great Heights:🗺Useful and Humble”
I strive most towards the aim of being useful to God, and this sense of a higher purpose for the Lord is what gives my life unshakable meaning, despite any rejection I may receive from other earthly sources. With my aim to be useful and of service to God, I need not fear the devastation of, for instance, a job loss, divorce, financial loss, social disappointments, a bad grade, or any of the Eight Mundane Concerns elaborated upon in Buddhist thought. These egocentric cares are pitfalls and traps of material existence, the solution to which is to serve the interest of the greater good instead of myself, which is only ever the will of God above. I trust in His perfect wisdom, which logically dictates that unconditional love, as all-inclusive and extended to everyone irrespective of merit, is the epitome of goodness, the highest truth of wisdom, and therefore, is the only acceptance conception of God’s will and intentions. He has given us free-will and a vast range of experiences, as a full spectrum of good and evil, and it is our duty to choose good for ourselves, and turn to Him to seek His loving-kindness and His will as our path in life. There is only evil in the world because we have free-will and autonomy as a gift from God. If I choose to seek God’s will, in the interest of the greater good, instead of pursuing my own self-interest, then I will have made proper use of my free-will, by using it to choose the goodness of God. Evil only exists because people do not exercise their freedom of choice to do the right thing and submit to the will of God. Evil is only the absence of choosing God. Thus, if I choose God’s will, I may avoid the subjective experience of evil, as evil only exists to me from within my own mind in the absence of a truthful idea of God. God is Love, and so His will is necessarily the absence of any and all forms of evil.

“Hand in Hand:🚸Matters Beyond Matter”
When I proceed through life as “hand in hand with God,” then I am privy to the vast array of wonders within the expanse of His will, or what He would intend and wish for me in His infinite wisdom. God’s will encompasses all the virtues within the umbrella of unconditional love, and the many varieties and flavors of goodness that are known within the spiritual plane of existence, as originating from the power of thought and contemplation. The spiritual realm is understood in contrast to the material realm of existence, which is the temporal and corporeal reality and the Earth as it exists without an infusion of higher meaning, which is bestowed only by an understanding of the spiritual realm. These dimensions, or realms, fit into place like “nesting dolls,” or concentric circles. The material realm, and interests in concrete and tangible facets of existence, such as money and other material goods, occupational advancement, food, sex, and other carnal lusts and sensual pleasures, are only significant or meaningful as a result of a tangible material form or object. When the material object disappears, any striving or desire towards it, and even the very idea of it, retains no higher value or lingering significance, as it’s worth was based solely upon its material qualities. This level of existence is, by its very nature and definition, godless and without higher spiritual significance. Material existence is fleeting, transitory, and innately impermanent, as it exists and carries meaning only because of the material aspects of the objects that it represents. Abstract principles, in contrast to these concrete examples, exist only by virtue of human thought, and by being ideas that originated from the spirit, they can exist past the elimination of any form, or of a corresponding material representation. Higher ideals continue to carry meaning beyond the passing of a tangible reality, as even in the absence of a basic material form, or concrete example of the virtue. A virtue can be recognized as being true over and above any empirical appearance, or an actual existence in corporeal reality. If I wish to know God’s will and enter into His Eternal Life that is given to my spirit, then I must follow His will of lasting truth and build upon my spiritual understanding. If I have only ever followed self-will by catering to the sins of selfishness by feeding material desires, then my spirit will have not be composed of God’s substance of Eternal truth and lasting goodness, and so may not withstand death into Eternity. Thus, if I live by the law of man, desiring and seeking money or material wealth, or following the drives of the ego towards selfish pursuits, then my soul will not be developed into God’s Eternal truth, of the virtues. Only by feeding the craving of my soul with God’s wisdom and goodness, by working towards spiritual progress, may I hope to exist beyond the passing of my mortal body and enter into God’s Heaven. If I have clung my whole life to material cares, and followed only self-interest, then I have not followed God’s will of serving the greater good, nor followed the path of Christ to develop my own moral goodness, love, and personal skill-set of the virtues. Only spiritual goodness is recognized by God as being worthy, based upon His judgement, for existence in His Eternity and fit for Eternal Life in His Kingdom. Thus, if I have only ever pursued material goods, or the world of the flesh, then my soul will not be of the “spiritual substance” by which it may live on past my own death.

“Truth: is Everlasting”💛💠🌈
If I follow God’s will and pursue only goodness in life, through practicing upright living and refining my intentions to be selflessly loving and serve God’s will, and not mine, as the only greatest good, then I may nurture and build up my soul by cultivating an interest in spiritual things instead of ego-driven cares. When I serve God and His abstract spiritual values of charity and altruism, as goals that do not directly benefit me, and strive for selfless love rather than my own selfish needs, then my soul is no longer imprisoned by the bondage of self, as the sins and evils that are inherent in serving my self-will. This self-will is of self-seeking and the pursuit of self-interests, and of making self-serving choices based upon fleeting sinful pleasures of the material world. When I let go of my self-will, as the drives of my ego for material satisfaction, and instead seek the higher meaning in life of serving God’s will, which as being of God can exist independently from me and my corporeal form, then I may latch onto the Eternal God instead of my own finite self. When I serve His Eternal will, my mortal soul becomes enmeshed into His Eternal wing, and rather than be bound to my own finite human potential and eventual bodily and physical death, I may live on with Him. Thus, by supplanting my will to serve myself with the will to serve God, the core of my being becomes comprised of God and the Eternal nature of His spiritual substance. With God, and not myself, as the “One will I serve,” the path that my soul will follow at my death is Eternal Life. Thus, by serving God, I may live past the fate of dust that is destined of the flesh, and instead, by the spiritual striving of my soul, I may continue to follow God to His Kingdom of Heaven and His Eternal Life.

🔔Lunch Communion Topics:
-Q+A:
Why’d you go to hell?
“Curious.”
Curiosity killed the cat.
“No, that was Schrödinger.”
-A “Soul-Searching” Expedition.😉
…It was always for you.

🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
“A Cartesian State of Being”🃏(wild card)
-I am… congruent to my intentions.
-I am… what drives me.
-I am… the content of my thoughts.
…Therefore, think with love!
-“I am” is, therefore I think.😉
-I am… content to the extent to which I contemplate God and not myself, with the intention of expressing my undying love to Him. I maintain this serenity bestowed by my knowledge of God through fulfilling my intention of loving Him with honest and heartfelt efforts towards praise, as my own physical demonstrations of gratitude, and with humble acts of worship and devotion.
“Belongingness is:”
-…with God.💛
-…in the service of the King.👑
-…Welcome aboard Humpty Hatchling!🐣
“Playing Favorites”🌈
-Q+A: Who was your favorite prophet?
…I dunno, like Jay-Z maybe.😉
-What about the forbidden fruit?
…An “Apple product.”📲😉
📜(Bible Passages)
Revelation 18:
1-3; “False Gods in Effigy of True Love”🐲
4-6; “On Rocky’s Steps: 0 x 2= 0″🔇
7-9; “Love💛is: Sympathy for the Devil”
10-12; “Ace Serves: Racketeers Miss Out”
13-15; “The Anthill Eruption”⛳️🐜🐜🐜
16-18; “Castles Made of Sand…”🚀🌊🚣
19-21; “B/C: Saintly is as Saintly does”🙏
22-24; “To Thine Own Self be True” 🎭
Ephesians 1:
1-3; “Blessed be Spiritual Progress”⚒💠
4-6; “Founders Keepers: In💛, We Trust”
7-9; “Mr. E: Riches of Goodwill”❣️🚀
10-12; “Put To Goodly Purpose”🔦🗽
13-15; “The Great Seal:🌈of Approval”
17-19; “Virgil’s Virtue: Prays+Praise”📓📚
20-22; “To Get a-Head in Life…”💒😉
23; “All for One and …Godhead”🦄⚔️🛡
📜(Bible Chapters)
Revelation 18; “Goose(Golden)Egg”🐣👑
Ephesians 1; “Artist: Virtue💠💎Virtuoso”

Revelation 18Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
18 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. 2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. 3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.
4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. 5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. 6 Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double. 7 How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow. 8 Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.
9 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning, 10 standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come. 11 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more: 12 the merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble, 13 and cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men. 14 And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all. 15 The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, 16 and saying, Alas, alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls! 17 For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off, 18 and cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city! 19 And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate. 20 Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her.
21 And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all. 22 And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee; 23 and the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived. 24 And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.

Ephesians 1Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus: 2 grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 4 according as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5 having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6 to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. 7 in whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; 8 wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; 9 having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: 10 that in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: 11 in whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: 12 that we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. 13 in whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 14 which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
15 Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, 16 cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: 18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, 20 which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: 22 and hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, 23 which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

🌞10/14/16
“Imagination: 🌳My Mental Zen Garden”
💭🖌🎨
✏️Topical Outline:
-Hope Quotes: Music of the Heart+Soul
-Almighty Artist: Instigating a Dedication
-Safe Haven: Nurturing Nature
-Roots: Intention of Love
-Gateway: Creating the Welcome
-Artistry: Crafting an Attitude
-Bird of Pray: Invitation Invictus
-Reception: A Choice and a Chosen
-Praise: Sincere Imitation of Christ
-Pure-Heart: Soul Attachment
-Nest: Providing Encouragement
-Scaffolding: Positive Reinforcer
-Sugar Plum: Pruning and Cultivation
-Zion: A Kingdom for God

“Imagination: 🌳My Mental Zen Garden”
💭🖌🎨

Hope:
“Whatever it is, I’m sure it’ll be awesome!”

“Andy: I had Mr. Mozart to keep me company…[He points and taps his head] It was in here. [And he gestures over his heart]And in here. That’s the beauty of music. They can’t get that from you. Haven’t you ever felt that way about music?…Here’s where it makes the most sense. You need it so we don’t forget…that there are places in the world that aren’t made out of stone, that there’s, there’s somethin’ inside that they can’t get to, that they can’t touch. It’s yours.
Red: What are you talkin’ about?
Andy: Hope.”
(-from “The Shawshank Redemption”)

“RED: I have to remind myself that some birds aren’t meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up does rejoice. Still, the place you live in is that much more drab and empty that they’re gone.”
(-from “The Shawshank Redemption”)

“I tell you, those voices soared higher and farther than anybody in a gray place dares to dream. It was like some beautiful bird flapped into our drab little cage and made those walls dissolve away, and for the briefest of moments, every last man in Shawshank felt free. Andy Dufresne: That’s the beauty of music.”
(-from “The Shawshank Redemption”)
🕯
“Almighty Artist: Instigating a Dedication”
I often use the concept of my imagination as being like a mental zen garden, as a place wherein I may find refuge from the troubles of the world. Through the use of visual imagery and pictorial thinking, I create my own safe space, or happy place, and I retreat to this source of security when times are tough, as an ever-present fortress within my own cognition. I recede to this mental landscape within my mind’s eye, and I reside there to seek comfort, release, and shelter from the evils of the world, by using it as the platform by which I may commune with God and Jesus. This mental zen garden is the spiritual product of intentionally trying to cultivate a sense of peace and serenity within myself, so that I may find heart-rest and renew my strength, energy, and motivation to work happily and productively in my daily life. My zen garden within is to whence I retire to build up love and inspiration with God.

“Safe Haven: Nurturing Nature”☁️💫
I first found this refuge accidentally, as a natural reaction to a turbulent external environment, but I’ve found this use of my own thinking processes, as intentionally directing them towards the generation of a positive outlook, and a sense of protection and love that no one could take from me, to be an extremely effective and spiritually fruitful method for coping with challenges. As it turns out, what I craved in all my striving through life towards a sense of safety and well-being was not actually any external set of circumstances, nor some selfish achievement or attainment of some fleeting desire, but simply an internal “state of being,” wherein I could know serenity and experience the peace of mind that had always, somehow, eluded me.

“Roots: Intention of Love”❣️🌳
After spending much Time in this garden of my imagination, I find that it is only an effective source of solace by virtue of my own efforts and intentions to work towards a state of love. With the will to generate love as being the true nature and intention of God above, these efforts towards an internal sense of love and peacefulness were immediately recognized by Him, as they run in confluence with His Own almighty will, which is to love. So it was quite by accident that I first came upon the Eternal flow of God, as simply the idea of Him, within my own mental framework.

“Gateway: Creating the Welcome”🗝🚪
Through devoting much effort towards attaining a state of love, by my own mental processes exerted towards nurturing a playful imagination within, I have come to know God as a Person, Whom I may always find when I turn within to seek Him. It turns out that He smiles upon any such efforts that run within the range of His will, or any efforts towards unconditional love. In this way, by merely striving to be loving, I accidentally happened upon the Source of that love and goodwill as God Himself. Now, when I turn within, I recognize that it is God from Whom all that love originated, and that He was merely facilitating my own ability to create the love that I sought but could not find, because that was His will. It is a beautiful realization to finally know that God is not merely some amorphous Force of love, but that He is an actual Person to Whom I may turn for real and human comfort and care, just as a Father.

“Artistry: Crafting an Attitude”💠🖌🎨
Now when I turn within, to that beautiful garden that I create within my own mind, I do so knowing that God and Jesus are there, and that I may use this internal landscape of my own cognitive crafting to enjoy spending Time in Their company. It is a beautiful relief to know that any such knowledge of God, as being most purely just the will to love, is inherent within the human psyche, regardless of any prior knowledge of God or of any specific religious beliefs. I hadn’t known much of Christianity, but I knew that just to love, purely and unconditionally, simply must be the true essence of it all, of this existence. As it turns out, this truth, of the greatness of perfect and unconditional love, is in fact God’s Own personal belief, and His will.

“Bird of Pray: Invitation Invictus”🙏
Uncovering the true Artist behind my attempts at artwork and the creation of love in my life inspires me so much more acutely than just the mere belief in love. Now when I go through life, and attempt to proceed with my intention of being loving, I know that this is not just a whim or fancy or a preference, and that I am not left to my own devices to succeed in these efforts. Now I know, that my lonely heart was meant to be lonely, so that it might collide with God’s Own heart, and thus, We might complete each Other. God and I were two Souls destined for a divine collision, just as if we were two lonely atoms, Each with incomplete valence shells in Our electron clouds. To love unconditionally, as the ultimate aim in life, was my pursuit, and is indeed God’s will for us, and so in sticking to this course, the eventual crossing of Our paths was inevitable. My intention in life ran into confluence with God’s intention for me, and so He eventually revealed Himself as the Source of my perceived higher calling.

“Reception: A Choice and a Chosen”🗽
The knowledge that this striving to love is not merely my own wish, but is in fact God’s will, is extremely reassuring to me, and adds a whole new dimension to my own efforts toward this aim. Now I know that God will always help along any such efforts towards love, and I have gained the wisdom of the beauty of selfless love, as the charity that I may experience by offering my efforts to God and Jesus directly, rather than to an evil world that will only despise me for my loving nature.

“Praise: Sincere Imitation of Christ”✍🏻️🕯
When I dedicate my day’s work to God, with the intention behind my actions of demonstrating my love to Him through hard work and my exertion of efforts towards the goodness that I believe of Him, then He reciprocates with His care. By seeking to serve God’s will and not my own, I may actually experience the benefits of loving selflessly and trying to be as virtuous as I believe His will to be. Only in serving God do my efforts feel worthwhile or meaningful, in that I may perceive that some good may come of them, because God actually appreciates them. In the past, I always felt victimized, because I loved for no purpose, and I had no sense that my actions meant anything beyond simply aligning to my own moral compass, or conception of what’s right. Thus, in that mode of understanding life, it was very easy to suffer dejection or a sense of futility, because I had no idea conception of God as a real Person, to Whom I could turn for compassion and mutual understanding, and Whom I could tap into as the Source for the actual reciprocation of such love. Now, with this knowledge of God, I know for a fact that my efforts are not in vain, and so I need never succumb to negativity or sadness; basically, I know that I’m not alone in this.

“Pure-Heart: Soul Attachment”💛💠🌈
Now I can love with security and joy rather than emptiness, because I know that it’s actually being received and appreciated by God, as only He ever actually could. When I take refuge in that mental zen garden within, its serenity carries over and is infused into my external reality, because my “unfinished business,” of feeling like there was a meaning or purpose for my love, is fulfilled by God, as He intends. I can now, myself, actually take pleasure in my offerings of goodwill and experience the feeling of love that come from giving love, because I know that it pleases the Lord, and thus, brings my life full-circle. This intention, of trying to create a positive internal environment as gesture of love and an act of goodwill, when made to God, completes the incompleteness of my soul, and unites the pieces of my heart, to Him.

“Nest: Providing Encouragement”🐣
I enjoy the experience of exerting an influence if it is towards a greater good in an act of love. I have found that trying to affect a positive change in the material world around me does not necessarily result in fruitfulness that I can observe, but that when I attempt to make a change for the better upon the state of my soul, as my own ability to stand strong against life’s challenges as a stronghold of God’s love, then I may always enjoy the fruit of my labor, as the satisfaction of growth, my further development in spiritual progress, and a new and greater understanding of God and the miracles His will may bestow. I use the safe haven of my imagination as a convergence zone, or a private refuge where I may calmly seek God’s will and feel a freedom from any environmental disturbances that could ruffle my feathers. Herein I may realign myself to my understanding of God as Love, without the distraction of external vexations or the negative influences of the material plane of existence that would temp me away from God’s higher purpose and His will. At this base camp of my soul, I can pow-wow with God and Jesus, by offering Them my mind as a Temple and place to commune. Together, We share Our thoughts and prayers as a conversation within the landscape created by the unique capacity of my imagination for visuospatial thinking. I find that whenever the world gets to be too overwhelming or stressful for me, I can turn within, to the spiritual realm that exists within the plane of higher thought, and I commune with God and Jesus for heart-rest and a renewal of my motivation by the direct experience of Their love.

“Scaffolding: Positive Reinforcer”🚀✨
When I revamp my energies by first letting go of all my attachments to the material realm of the flesh, then I may allow the expanse of my spiritual roots in God, in Our secret place of the soul, to take hold of me. In this way, by nurturing my connection with God through a rich internal prayer life, I am still on solid ground when my whole world crumbles away beneath my feet. By maintaining and enhancing my dependence upon God, over and ahead of anything else, then I am safe and sound on dry land even if some other parts of my life fall by the wayside. With my love for God and His love for me, We, Together with Jesus, may enjoy the exchange of Our loving sentiments and the reciprocation of Out efforts to bolster each Other up, in the true spirit of camaraderie. It is this connectivity to each Other’s love that helps Us to face life squarely, without losing hope or faith in a greater meaning and an ultimate goodness, despite any circumstances of pain or misfortune. God alone is capable of providing such solidity, and I may enjoy the refuge of His goodwill in direct proportion to my own willingness, or receptivity, to His values of importance. When I prioritize a higher ideal, as an idea that is good to strive towards for its own sake rather than for my benefit, I will be in line with His will, or His intention for me. As a loving Father, Co-Pilot of Our vessel, and my constant Companion through thick and thin, He only wants the best for me. God only ever wants the best for any child, but the decision to choose God’s will, which entails an act of love and faith, to trust Him without insisting upon knowing His specific plan for me, is my choice alone, and so I am the only one who can ever ultimately decide my own destiny. I find great strength in constantly making the conscious effort to choose God’s love.

“Sugar Plum:🌸Pruning and Cultivation”
In the freedom of my own imagination, I may lean upon God and Jesus to be the Targets that I require for my deep-seated need to express and demonstrate love. Furthermore, I can rely upon Their reciprocation, as God’s agápē, to help direct my own spectrum of emotional energy into a single-pointed focus, and winnow my perceptions down to just my understanding of God, and thus attain a singleness of vision with His Almighty will. When We have Our intentions oriented in the same direction by my obeisance to Him, then I may enjoy the psychological “flow state” of serenity from fulfilling my purpose according to His will for me. God’s will is only ever perfect love, beyond my ability of comprehension from within the boundaries of my mortal soul, which exists within the confines of this present moment. God’s infinite, loving wisdom understands His vast Eternity all at once and in its entirety, and so He can lead me on a path of goodness that I, as a human, cannot see. God’s Infinity extends beyond the scope and understanding of my own vision, which is limited, by my mortality and human, corporeal nature, to the confines of time and space. Only by God’s will or in Heaven above may one grasp the complexities of God’s design as He does. While I am still living on Earth, my virtues are developed and cultivated by first loving and trusting God, in an ongoing process of strengthening this relationship by relying upon Him guide me righteously. I may follow God to develop the virtues as my own personal skill-set of spiritual tools, and may view all of life’s challenges as merely opportunities to practice these strengths, and as the stones by which to sharpen my moral acuity and faith in God. I may wish to view myself as a side-kick to His heroic handiwork, and Together We may enjoy the fruits of Our garden, as the jewels of wisdom and blossoms of love that pave His path of upright living, for the glory of God, all the way to Heaven above.

“Zion: A Kingdom for God”💭💎🏰
The eye of my mind is my entryway to the moral path of living that I must follow, as the flow of goodness that is God’s will, if I wish to arrive at His Kingdom in the afterlife. My only ultimate source of joy is to know that my work is acceptable in His sight, and this positive reinforcement, from God Himself, is the divine spiritual nourishment that will sustain me when the material world and other resources fail me, as in fact, the material world is meant to forsake me, so that God can be my Savior. As the fleeting and selfish desires of my ego’s instincts and fleshly cravings are whittled away from my garden, through the ongoing process of choosing God’s will and not mine at each impasse or opportunity of temptation, I may free my psyche from the weeds and shackles of self-will, and enjoy the ripeness and joy of the Fruit of the Holy Spirit, as my own personal array of character assets and virtues, of God’s intentions of goodness. In practicing applying the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, and seeking the altruist goodness of God Himself before anything else, I may reap the harvest of God’s love and insight, through the spiritual abundance of His will.
❣️🌳🍒

🔔Lunch Communion Topics:
🌳”Inspiration”🌸🍒
-I got the idea of a “mental zen garden” from Tweak on “South Park.” (Lol!😄)
💐”A Spiritual Lifestyle”🌱
-The reward is the path itself, as the process of living based upon spiritual principles is God’s loving purpose for me.
🎃”A Thanksgiving”🍁
-“Looky looky, I’ve got Hookie.”
-It’s only real, true love if it’s for everyone. If you do not have love for all of God’s children, even the “lost boys,” then you do not know love, nor do you know God. God’s will is only unconditional, true love.

🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
“H.O.W.: Humility, Patience, Labor”⚒💎
(Honesty, Open-mindedness, Willingness)
-“Willingness to go to any lengths” for a spiritual experience, or to do God’s will, could be interpreted as the willingness to try my hardest and give my best efforts, by putting in “labor” and hard work.
-…or to go to any lengths in the name of God to retrieve a stray lamb, or a lost soul.
“Almighty Father”🦄🛡⚔️
-God can do literally anything and cure any ailment in an instant, and so I ought never to worry over whether or not a problem can be solved. In facing any sort of hardship, I can take comfort my knowledge of His will and power to love, and see it merely as a juncture, or an opportunity, wherein I must choose for myself, as a show of good faith, to believe that God will step in to save me when the Time is right. With this right use of faith I can just focus on the main point of the challenge, which is to strengthen my own ability to trust God unconditionally, and to develop the patience and fortitude to persist through the problem to learn the lesson of a virtue that He intends for me.
-“The path is smooth that leadeth on to danger.” (-William Shakespeare, via “For Today,” p. 288)
📜(Bible Passages)
Revelation 19:
1-3: “Blankets+Coco If Thou Seeketh…”☕️
4-6; “Goodwill: Great Wave of Relief “🌊
7-9; “Communion: Full Discourse Meal”🍒
10-12; “Every Color of Crayola”🌈🖍
13-15; “Soften a Sharp Tongue”💋⚔️🦄
16-18; “Sustenance to All of Life”🌳🍒🕊
19-21; “Big Bird: Open Sesame St.”👼🐣
Luke 12:
1-3; “Truth+Clarity:🔮God is Revealing All”
4-6; “God’s Will: That’ll do 🐷, That’ll do.”
7-9; “Honesty is a Real Policy”☁️👑⛅️
10-12; “God’s Truth Precludes Fear”💛💠
13-15; “Good: is not Material Goods”💝
16-18; “Not to Rest on Our Laurels”📚
19-21; “Virtue is in the Daily Practice”⚒
22-24; “Thought Matter: Selfless Virtues”
25-27; “Thy Will…😉b/c God does it Best”
28-30; “Faith as a Soul Provider”🕯🏳️‍🌈
31-33; “Seek God Directly to Eternal 💎”
34-36; “Spiritual Value: 💠💭Ode to God”
37-39; “Vigilant Moral Mindfulness”🙇‍♀️
40-42; “Man is a Temple of God”⚒🏰
43-45; “Glory in the Work of Faith”🎉
46-48; “Intention: Aligning to Goodwill”⚖️
49-51; “New Life: Prune the Excess”🌱🌸
52-54; “All Quiet on the Western Affront”
55-57; “Earth Mother: Visibly Shaken”🍼
58-59; “Spock’s🖖: Speck of Truth”👙😉
📜(Bible Chapters)
Revelation 19; “Iron Man💛Shining Armor”
Luke 12; “God’s Will:😇Your Best Interest”

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

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

🌞10/15/16
“In His Majesty’s Secret Service: A Bond and the Great Escape Route” 🎰☄️
✏️Topical Outline:
-Hope Quotes Float: God’s Will and a Way
-Doorway: Open Sesame
-Willingness: Bestows a Key
-Attitude: Latched on to Unlatch
-Alignment: Swing Low Sweet Hinge
-Escape Hatch: Lucky Charms
-Follow Your Heart-Felt a Change
-Sign-Language Unsealed Deliverance
-From Flambé to Cherries Jubilee
-1 Corinthians 13: These Three…

“In His Majesty’s Secret Service: A Bond and the Great Escape Route”🎰☄️

“God’s will, not mine, be done.”
“Where there’s a “Step 3,” there’s a way.”
“Through God, all things are possible.”

“Doorway: Open Sesame”💭🚪✍🏻️
I find great solace in the process of working towards a solution, and in fact, merely taking part in the problem-solving process is an effective method of coping and dealing responsibly with any of life’s challenges. When I make the conscious decision to believe in God’s solution for me, a wondrous and alchemical sort of change occurs in the very constitution of my being, as the spirit of the Universe recognizes and heeds this calling of my soul, and responds with loving guidance. The decision to choose God’s will is a choice that only I can make for myself, but when I seek Him, His essence will infiltrate and alter the very nature of my being. When I seek God’s will of unconditional love, beyond all comprehension, that love is grafted within me through the inborn seed of His divine planting. When I seek God’s care by seeking His will, the love that He intends for me receives a spark of life. God’s love is implanted as a seed within my soul, but if I wish for it to take root and actually grow and manifest, then I must consciously accept His gift and nurture that love within myself. God’s love does not occur by happenstance or without my desire for Him and my cooperation with His guidance for me. If I wish to develop God’s gifts within myself and choose to seek Him as love, then my entire perception of the world changes as a result of my acceptance of Him, as He reciprocates by His presence within me. As I venture out of the confines of my own ego and the selfish desire to play the hero role of God, I may humbly open myself up to Him, with His will to love and care for me, as my Savior. God exists inherently within each soul, as a choice or an option. If I acknowledge Him, accept His love, and actively seek Him, God will manifest, and make His will and love known to my heart. I found that the very act of loving, when coinciding with the faith of loving without knowing, opened a portal within my heart and soul, from whence emerged God. The decision to choose to believe in love when I am shown only hate, and to choose to give love to that which is evil or that which I do not understand, is evidence of true faith, as the belief that God is love, and that God’s love always conquers all evils. When I act with the faith that if I make a stand for love in the face of evil, then God will see me through, then this hope strikes a chord with God’s will, and He swoops in. God is true to His Word, and will always act as loving, Eternal, and strong to save.

“Willingness: Bestows a Key”🛎🗝
When I endorse the spiritual principle of willingness, as the willingness to go to any lengths, with hard work, persistent effort, and diligent labor, then I provide the action necessary to manifest my faith, which is necessary to follow in the path of Christ, because “faith without works is dead.” Only by putting in the footwork and trying my hardest to fulfill God’s will can I hope to meet His requirements of “meeting Him halfway.” God does not expect me to succeed, as He knows that as a human I am powerless, but God does expect me to demonstrate my faith by acting upon the belief that if I try my hardest to do what’s right, He will step in to finish the job. God fully expects me to fail in an undertaking of His will, and once my full efforts are exerted and my personal resources are entirely depleted, He smiles upon me, for a job well done, and meets me halfway by doing His job, which is to provide the outcome and His desired form of success. My job, as a child of God, is to provide the work to arrive at the solution, and not the actual solution. My job is to learn to be selfless by giving a righteous endeavor my all, as sacrificing every ounce of my soul in the interest of the greater good, of God’s will. God’s will is unconditional love for all, and so in upholding this value above any concern for myself or my own well-being, I may actually come to know His care. To accept anything less than perfect love for all as a goal worth striving towards would entail the eventual victory of evil or hatred, as this impurity would filter through any attempts towards good and poison all efforts towards God’s perfection of love. Thus, only by making the conscious decision to love unconditionally, and also to love selflessly, would the true nature of goodness be realized. If this necessary and unique combination of factors, as the ingredients of God’s will, is demonstrated in a real life scenario by an action of sacrifice with the intention of God’s love, then the correct understanding of God converges with the fulfillment of His will, and so true to His covenant, God emerges. When this potential to enact God’s will is actuated, His promise “clicks into place,” like a key in a lock, thus bringing forth the actual presence of Almighty God into this world and at this Time, as empirical reality.

“Attitude: Latched on to Unlatch”💘🍼💦
With the proper understanding of God to serve as my target of hope, or the aim and goal that determines my trajectory and path through any sort of problem, I provide the attitude and mentality that determine the eventual actual outcome. “Seek and tell shall find,” and in this way I play an active role in the crafting of my own destiny, as laying the groundwork for a sort of self-fulfilling prophesy. My biases and expectations play a direct role in my subjective experience of reality, and my beliefs and appraisals will serve to influence and dictate the choices that I make. In this way, with the path I take in life as being determined by the choices that I make, which are influenced by the beliefs that I hold deal, then my belief is what sets the actual course ahead of me. If I cling to a belief of hope, as an optimistic expectation, this ensures my eventual arrival at an optimistic outcome, provided that I act in accordance to this hopeful attitude. When my attitude is oriented towards my hope of God’s perfect love, this gives me the courage and motivation to put in the effort and footwork to see this desire through to its completion. I need to rely upon my beliefs and hope as a source of guidance and as the reservoir of virtue and goodness from which to draw strength. My hope is simply an intentional belief, as merely an idea, to which I may cling in tough times and difficulties, that acts as my compass. When I am presented with an obstacle and I don’t know what to do, I turn to my belief in God, and use this as the hope to guide my behavior. Hope is application is much like a compass rose, and shows me the direction towards which I ought to aim my efforts, as if towards that hope as my destination. In this way, hope is an aim, and a necessary component to finding my way in life along the path of God’s will, as the path that Jesus laid out for us as God’s children in His teachings of the Gospel. When I latch onto this understanding of God and His perfection of love to serve as my hope, my lodestar, and my point of focus, then my mind is directed towards the eventuality of that hope, for as long as I cling to it and follow it. When I follow that hope through with persistent labor, as the followthrough of hard work by the action of faith, then I will arrive at the destination preset by my hope. As long as I mentally focus my thoughts upon that hope and fuel that fire of my faith, I will remain on course and in alignment with God’s will.

“Alignment: Swing Low Sweet Hinge”💌
Hope is not a gift, and I must deliberately choose to think hopeful thoughts when I have the opportunity to be discouraged. I must use the spiritual tool of my “charity,” as the “intentions” that fuel my efforts towards my hope, and encourage my own efforts and power my willingness to forge ahead. I receive fuel to power my efforts of faith from the virtue of my intentions, as being of charity, and I provide the intention of selfless love actively in my thoughts by exalting God, with praises of how He would never let me down as long as I keep trying, and by professing the extent of my love for Him. This positive and loving style of thinking, of being consumed by a focus upon my love for God, is like my mojo, and is the mindset that helps keep me going, so that, by God’s will of this true love, I may continue working past the pain and eventually overcome the difficulty, to actually arrive upon His divine solution. My own expressions of love and devotion, as my will directed towards the virtue of “caritas,” “charity,” or “agápë,” dictate that my efforts will take the form of this love. When my intentions fall into line with God’s own will, which is in fact this same charity and selfless love, then literally anything is possible, as the force at work is God’s pure will and so is beyond limit. Whenever I feel low, depleted, or lacking in motivation, I know how to renew my inspiration my reaffirming my aim of “God’s will, not mine, be done,” and “if it be Thy will.” I complement these little efforts at realignment towards the right goal with the necessary offering of my own goodwill to this effort by expressing to God, in my thoughts, that I love Him. This ongoing dialogue, communion, and line of communication, is my connection to God and Jesus, which They will use to reel me into Them as Their act of saving grace. As long as my sights are set upon my hope of God, powered by my intention of love, and fulfilled by the footwork of faith, this combination will never steer me wrong, and will unlock God’s will and ability to perform miracles for me in my own life.

“Escape Hatch: Lucky Charms”🍀🎈
As it turns out, like a key in a lock, this internal recipe of factors, of hope, faith, and charity, or selfless love for God, is the necessary and perfect combination to overcome literally any challenge in life. However, far from being the easy street, this unfailing solution is the deliberate choice of the path of greatest hardship, as the one that entails the most possible effort and hard work on my part, and the most dedicated thoroughness in seeking only the best of God’s will, of pure love. When exert my own will as charity, as my own choice to believe that only the best is in store for me if I follow God’s will in the path of altruism, then I am a child of God. This reciprocation of His goodwill lays the foundation, of unconditional trust in God, that enables me to lean upon Him, as my idea of Him, in literally any situation, no matter how dire. With such a solid and firmly held belief as this, my attitude may be bolstered, and my driving force, or intention, may be refined enough towards His own purity of heart for God to find the solid ground of truth, trust, and love in my hopeful expectations. By actually living up to my beliefs and literally relying upon my faith and working off of it as if bedrock, by treating God’s grace as a known fact, then I will have laid the framework through which God may fulfill His loving will to serve as my Savior. Thus, my own works of faith are necessary for God to bring my hope of Him into actual fruition, so He may deliver as truth His promise of salvation.

“Follow Your Heart-Felt💠💛🌈a Change”
There is no earthly comparison to the feeling of God’s love. The only way that one may experience God’s love is by instigating a relationships with God oneself, as the perfection of God’s love, as agápē, only ever comes directly from God. I will only ever know God’s love by taking the initiative to make the first move, or by offering my love to God while still having no direct knowledge of Him nor any personal evidence that His will is loving. The greatest gift to God is to give out love for literally no reason, and to no greater purpose other than for its own sake. This altruistic love is God’s Own love, and is a worthy goal in His eyes because it is still valuable in the absence of any results or outcomes in the physical, material realm. In this way, this type of ideal, as selfless love or altruism, is of the spiritual realm and so is a virtue leading to Eternal Life. When one builds upon selfless virtues, as being worthy goals and ideals irrespective of correlating to any material or worldly gains, then one builds upon God’s spiritual substance which lasts beyond corporeal loss or bodily death and into His Eternity. Thus, if my strivings while on Earth are spiritual in nature, as aiming towards altruism and selfless love and goodness, then the composition of my spirit, and the true nature of my soul, will be composed of Eternal matter, and so it will be capable survival all the way into God’s Kingdom.

“Sign-Language🖖Unsealed Deliverance”
When I consciously choose to let God into my life, by intentionally offering my love to Him directly and seeking to follow His will and let go of my own selfish nature, then He will reciprocate that love and provide guidance according to His will for me. This means that I must humble myself to accept that He truly loves me no matter what, and that my own opinion of myself is irrelevant. With this knowledge that I am exactly as I am meant to be at this moment, as merely human and so divinely designed to be powerless and imperfect, then I can make an honest moral inventory of my shortcomings, sins, and defects of character. These flaws are intentionally placed within me by God’s Own design. I cannot ever be finished or perfect if I wish to live by God’s will of spiritual progress for the length of His Eternity, and furthermore, if one ever thought that one was perfect, then there would be no room for God in that one’s life, which would make that one evil by God’s absence. In actuality, my own points of weakness are God’s points of entry, and as being the sources of distress in my life, these flaws, or defects of character, allow Him the access point by which He may step in to demonstrate His ability to care for me. These weak spots are necessary, in that they necessitate my need for God, and so lead me to seek Him. Without seeking God in my life, its actual significance, as His intended purpose for me, would remain a mystery. The point of my life is really whatever God decides at that moment, and so I must maintain my connection to Him if I wish to experience His omnipresent but ever-evolving will. The greatest fact of life is God’s Own love for me, and so my faults are blessed as they lead me to seek His loving salvation.

“From Flambé to Cherries Jubilee”❣️🍒
Life is a celebration. Realizing this fact, that we are only here because our presence brings joy to the Lord, inspires me towards humility and bestows the desire to express my gratitude by showing Him how happy I am with His wonderful gifts. God would never let anything bad happen to us, and wishes for us to make proper use of our autonomy and free-will by surrendering to His will and desire to provide for us. When I think about all that God has done for us, and recognize that, “of course,” He wants us to be happy, I am filled with the God-given desire to live as He means for me by following His upright path of moral goodness to His ultimate intention for us, of Eternal Life with Him, existing Together as His Family in His Kingdom of Heaven. God’s will for any of us, no matter what the extent of the sin committed, would only ever be for us to accept His path of repentance and redemption, and to follow Him in a lifestyle of righteousness. In founding my life upon the knowledge of God as the pure perfection of love, I may pursue progress and spiritual development in His name, and thus enjoy the good living, clean conscience, and freedom from fear that is entailed by hard work, a wholesome pattern of living, and righteous intentions. When my mind, body, and spirit are all in alignment and centered around my soul, I may find sustenance from my lifeline of “God Consciousness” by occupying my thought life with perpetual prayer to God. “Seek and ye shall find,” and so with righteous striving, God and His love will find a way. There is no obstacle that cannot be overcome, and there is nothing in existence that cannot be surmounted, when I seek love by God’s will, not mine.

🔔Lunch Communion Topics:
🖖”Destiny’s Manifesto”💛🏳️‍🌈
📜(Bible Chapter)
-1 Corinthians 13; “Hope, Faith, Love”⛲️
-The “Undeadly” Combination.🔏🌳(Life!)

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

🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
♠️”3 of a Kind: Nice Set”🃏🃏🃏(wild)
“Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees.” (-Victor Hugo, via “For Today,” p. 289)
-“The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved.” -Victor Hugo
-“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” -Victor Hugo
-“To love another person is to see the face of God.” -Victor Hugo
❣️💠”Amazing Grace”💛🏳️‍🌈
-Les Misérables: “He never went out without a book under his arm, and he often came back with two.” -Victor Hugo
-“There is no misfortune that loving God won’t fix! Loving God, somehow or💋another, always solves all my problems.”
“Learning Levity”👼
-Jokester jests…
-Jesus, stop being a bad influence! lol!😜
-I guess that’s why “Bird is the Word.”
-Well, if you can’t laugh at yourself…
-“I’m still learning how to take a joke.”
-You still need to learn how to tell one!😉
-OK, here goes:
-“So which of the holy Trinity are you?
…I dunno, I guess the “retarded dog.'”👻
(I tried!)😅
💿”Sterling Record:🅰️High Marks”
-After a certain childhood “home address,” hell was really “no big deal.”♣️♦️♥️♠️
-Merely the choice of a lofty ideal towards which to work, like unconditional love, altruism, forgiveness, mercy, gratitude, patience, or tolerance, is empowering enough to work a little magic into my mind, and steady and soften my thoughts in preparation for God’s alley-oop, to step in and “seal the deal” with His slam dunk.
*Editor’s Note:
-“A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri
-“Amazing Grace” by John Newton
📜(Bible Passages🚪)
Revelation 20:
1-3; “Song Stuck in my Head: ‘Tis the 🎄”
4-6; “1st: Awakened⏳Second to Spare”
7-9; “Consumed by Emotion”🏓🔥😡
10-12; “Ghostbusters Diaries:🕊No Lie.”
13-15: “Bermuda’s Triangle:💠Must Read”
Exodus 17:
1-3; “Pitch in: Footwork of Faith”✨🗻
4-6 “Deep River: Tap the Source”🌊✍🏻️💦
7-9; “Vantage Point:🌤Lemonade Stands”
10-12; “Make:🍋🍋+Fellowship Scaffold”
13-15; “Foible to Forte:⛓Reel in Refuge”
16; “As it was in the Days of Noah…”🛬
📜(Bible Chapters🏤)
Revelation 20; “🎶But Now Am Found”😉
Exodus 17; “The Rock is Smitten”💋🌊

Revelation 20Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
20 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, 3 and cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.
4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. 5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, 8 and shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. 9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. 10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. 14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

Exodus 17Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
17 And all the congregation of the children of Israel journeyed from the wilderness of Sin, after their journeys, according to the commandment of the Lord, and pitched in Rephidim: and there was no water for the people to drink. 2 Wherefore the people did chide with Moses, and said, Give us water that we may drink. And Moses said unto them, Why chide ye with me? wherefore do ye tempt the Lord? 3 And the people thirsted there for water; and the people murmured against Moses, and said, Wherefore is this that thou hast brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our cattle with thirst? 4 And Moses cried unto the Lord, saying, What shall I do unto this people? they be almost ready to stone me. 5 And the Lord said unto Moses, Go on before the people, and take with thee of the elders of Israel; and thy rod, wherewith thou smotest the river, take in thine hand, and go. 6 Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel. 7 And he called the name of the place Massah, and Meribah, because of the chiding of the children of Israel, and because they tempted the Lord, saying, Is the Lord among us, or not?
8 Then came Amalek, and fought with Israel in Rephidim. 9 And Moses said unto Joshua, Choose us out men, and go out, fight with Amalek: to morrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in mine hand. 10 So Joshua did as Moses had said to him, and fought with Amalek: and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. 11 And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. 12 But Moses’ hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. 13 And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword. 14 And the Lord said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven. 15 And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovah-nissi: 16 for he said, Because the Lord hath sworn that the Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.

🌞10/16/16
“Sunday Best: Conception🕊Interception”
✏️Topical Outline:
-Nursery: Rhymes and Reason
-Meditative Focus: Intention to Love
-Prayer: Undivided Attention
-Interoception: God Within
-6th Sense: I See-Through
-Interception: Poly-Graphs-Perception
-Conception: Thought Life
-Inner Child: of God
-Secret Santa Ana: Pollyanna Mana

“Sunday Best: Conception🕊Interception”

“Nursery: Rhymes and Reason”✝️
“…Catch a Tiger by the toe, if He hollers let Him go, eenie meanie miney mo’…
My mother said to pick the very best One, and You are It!”💛 (-💠Eye of the Tiger)

“Meditative Focus: Intention to Love”🏹💛
When I start my day, I do so each morning with fresh eyes, and a brand new outlook. The first thing I do is recognize my utter powerlessness and need for the presence of God. I come to Him to pray in the morning with the understanding that, ultimately, God is all I really need, and He is always with me if I direct the focus of my thoughts and mind to seek Him. I humbly offer myself to Him, because I know that He is all-loving and all-powerful, and that He created me as His child to come to rely upon Him as a Father. As part of His creation, of course God loves me and wants me to be happy, and so I try to honor Him and His goodwill by expressing my gratitude and appreciation. When I approach God, I try to be as respectful and deferential as possible. This means that I assume only the best of His intentions, and humbly accept His will to love me. I try not to let my own ego color or limit the extent of His love or the magnitude of His power as Almighty God. I come to Him recognizing His will to take care of me, and I offer Him my praises. When I properly relate myself to God, I see that but for Him and through Him, I am nothing, and that all power only ever comes from Him. I am filled with awe to behold such a Force as His that wills for nothing more than to love and provide for me in ways beyond my understanding. I try to focus in upon His glory of goodness with prayerful expressions of exaltation, and I let His reciprocation overwhelm me, filling me with a sense of being blessed beyond any measure or comprehension. This holy exhilaration, bestowed only by the love of God Himself, is my inspiration. I remain on my knees before His altar until I have thoroughly vanquished my own ego and willfulness, and become sufficiently prepared to perform His will and not mine. I wait patiently with God and Jesus in this process of surrendering my will, until I am cleansed and relieved of any of my own self-serving intentions, and desire instead only to follow wherever God may lead me throughout the day. I remain in a state of prayer and meditation to fasten and secure my lifeline of this connection to God and Jesus, which is Our line of communication and the dialogue of Our communion. I do not arise until I am overcome with my own sense of devotion to God, and can honestly profess to Him, “If Thy presence will not go with me, carry me not from this place!” (Exodus 33:15).

“Prayer: Undivided Attention” 💭🕯
The single most defining feature of prayer is that it is not meant to ever be complete. If my prayer up to God, as the expression of my thoughts, feelings, struggles, and intentions, feels thoroughly aired out, then that is my cue to turn to Him and listen. A prayer-life entails a conversation and an ongoing dialogue. When I pray correctly, I do not pray for myself or for my own wants, but rather, I pray to be cleansed of my selfishness and sinful wants, so that I may be more as God would have me. God’s will is selfless love and altruism, and I pray for God to show me His will so that I may follow Him and serve the greater good, rather than the limited and finite needs of my own self. I pray for His help to grow to be better suited to perform His will instead of mine, and so I ask for willingness to follow Him instead of my own self-centered impulses, and I pray for continued spiritual development towards various and specific virtues, so that I may be more useful to Him and His purposes. I ask for God to guide me in the path of spiritual progress so that I may continue to improve towards His Eternal vision for me. I align my will along my desire to please God, and to be evermore acceptable in His sight, and only in His sight. I recognize my personal weaknesses and defects of character, and ask for God to help me to work through them, and to rely upon both Him and Jesus so that We may overcome them Together. I always try to reaffirm the main point of my prayers, which I understand to be merely the opportunity to be in the presence of God. This blessing, of the personal knowledge of God and sense of Oneness with Him, is a divine love so tangible and intense that it is physically palpable, like a “rapture” to be maintained while still here on Earth. I keep this knowledge and sense of God within me at all times, as a line of thought that is always nurtured and expanded upon. This perpetual prayer and ongoing dialogue with God and Jesus becomes stronger and more rewarding the longer I cultivate Our connection, and leads to an entirely new and different state of awareness that is known as “Christ Consciousness,” or “God Consciousness.” By keeping the idea of God ever-present in my mind, I am capable of receiving His responses, and become specially primed, or tuned, to perceive His will for me in various form of love, and as myriad challenges by which I may achieve the spiritual progress and growth that He desires for me. In this way, I may come to know His will to love me as His solution and my salvation, as when He finally steps in to reward my faith and effort by revealing the truth of His mystery, as a miracle of love. It is always such a wondrous moment when I finally see His solution to whatever hardship I may have been experiencing, and learn some new jewel of wisdom and understanding. My whole perception of the world and of life is always enhanced by the further expansion of my knowledge of God, through learning a new facet of His will by working Together to overcome challenges with His lessons.

“Interoception: God Within”🔎💠
The perseverance to work diligently towards my hope, or idea, of God is the faithful action necessary to transform my perception of a problem, by the miracle of God, into the fact of a blessing in disguise. When I pray at a Time of difficulty, I do not pray for a solution, but rather, I pray for His loving presence to remain with me. I just ask God to please not leave me, and I seek comfort in my knowledge of being with Him. I ask that He guide me along the path and flow of the goodness of His will, and in following His goodness directly, We always end up happening upon a solution. I know that what I really need is never actually any sort of physical or material circumstance relating to my situation in life, but rather, my true need is just to feel my understanding of God as the loving Father and Almighty Eternal Companion that He wishes to me for me. God is loving and He only wants the best for me, and so I can feel safe in knowing that if I seek Him directly, before any other sort of desire, outcome, or solution, I will always arrive at the best solution anyway, as an aftereffect of His true will, to love. God only ever wills the very best of love for any of His children, and so the proper approach to handle any of life’s challenges is always to consult God in all matters before acting, and to seek Him swiftly and straightaway. God must come first in my thoughts if I wish to give Him the proper respect, and I try to seek Him to the exclusion of any other pursuits. I will experience the joy of life and the loving care of God’s miracles to the extent that I seek to follow His will only, and latch only onto my desire for Him without any other thought, priority, goal, or incentive ever coming between Us. This wonder or awe, as a sense of reverent adoration and complete and utter reliance upon God and upon nothing else, is what it means to be a true child of God and to live as He intends, in the faith of Christ’s path. God’s will is vast and multifaceted, within the root, or umbrella, of unconditional love, and so His will may take on the multidimensional beauty of any of the various virtues, all of which are forms of love within the vast reservoir of His will.

“6th Sense: I See-Through”💠🐯👓
With my own perceptions finely-tuned by my desire to show my love to God, as the guiding intention behind any and all of my endeavors, then this singleness of vision, of my focus directed only into my idea of God, allows Him to actively filter and sieve all of my cognitions so that I may derive the most joy from my experience of life. I try to “seek God” by putting Him first in my thoughts, as in the forefront of my mind, so that I may then actually proceed to “see God,” and thus follow His will. I try to live life through the rose-tinted lenses of my knowledge of God so that I may lean upon Him and use His Own understanding to fulfill His will for me, and thus, I may make the right choices, abide by the right path, and live by the right actions. Only through God is anything possible, and I try to infuse this reverence into my attitude, to help inspire a sense of gratitude, and to establish a point of reference and locus of control, or “command center” within my thoughts. Whenever I return to this innate and internal understanding, the divine “extra-sense” of the perception of God, merely by offering my love and my life to Him in my thoughts, my whole outlook upon life is resituated according to His will, and so it suddenly carries all the beauty of the divine. Any intentional expressions of my mind, as my heart and soul, directed towards God in an offering of my love to Him, serve as a key to unlock the potential of His will, as this offering is the reflection, or a mirror image, of His Own true will towards me. By my own efforts to make the first move and initiate a relationship with God, by offering Him my own soul in an act of devotion made purely out of love for Him, to break the ice, I have provided the “open sesame,” or the correct and true combination of necessary factors, of the selfless love for God and the fulfillment of corresponding works of faith, to open the portal by which God may enter my life.

“Interception:🌐Poly-Graphs-Perception”
As I allow the constant exchange of love, thoughts, sentiments, and perceptions between myself, God, and Jesus, to guide my state of mind and determine the nature of my being and experiences, then my empirical reality is no longer bound by the laws of nature, physics, or logic, and I may actually be receptive to God’s limitless potential. I try to let my understanding of what’s real rest only in my own internal perception of God, as the idea of Him within my mind. In connecting my self and my soul to Him by the power and freedom of my imagination, He may take hold of me and actually play the role of God, by blessing me with His presence, showing me His guidance, and working His miracles as I abide within His loving will. My thoughts must be oriented towards my idea of God at all times, and I must be willing to quiet my own mind with meditative training to be able to listen for Him, and actually see and hear His guidance. To pray to God rightly is to humbly admit my own powerlessness and to respectfully seek His will for me instead of my own. Thus, meditation is necessary, because if I pray for guidance, I must then sit and wait to actually listen for it. If I wish to actually receive knowledge of God’s will and the blessing of His love, then I will of course be willing to work for it, and offer Him my persistent efforts to show that I truly do love and cherish Him. God may reciprocate and offer guidance in any number of ways, including divinely intervening upon my mind to inspire and direct my own thoughts and ideas. If I truly love God, I will take pleasure in the opportunity to prove it with the sacrifice of my own self-seeking and selfish interests, and with displays of vigorous efforts towards displaying virtue of character in times of hardship, pain, or suffering. The beauty of my love for God is that I can always interpret life’s struggles as a chance to dedicate my efforts to God, in performing them with the intention of loving Him; the harder I try and the more challenging the task is, the better will be my demonstration of love, as the work required for the display of true faith. God takes offerings of love seriously, and He smiles upon such acts in His Own way.

“Conception: Thought Life”🌐💠🌎
There is a gateway to the Kingdom of God innate within the soul of every living being, as the Eye of Providence that He has planted within each of us. It is my job to practice God’s Own will and to emulate His perfect and unconditional love in the face of any sort of evil or hatred, and to rely upon my faith in the power of His love to overcome all evils in accordance to His promise and His Word. When I am presented with evil, temptation, or sin, I am to choose to act on my faith and stick to my belief that God’s will is only ever perfect and unconditional love, and that this all-inclusive and infinitely expansive love will inevitably overcome any evil, by nature of it being the will of God Almighty. This, it is my responsibility to be a steward of the Lord and dispel any fears with my own affirmation of the power of God as the perfection of true, unconditional love. With my steadfast belief in this, the true nature of God, I am equipped to meet any challenge and overcome it by God’s love. God is all-powerful, all-loving, and true, and so I ought never to turn in fear from anything, but rather, I ought to turn to God for the strength to face down that evil, danger, or fear in His name, knowing that His love, and only His, must inevitably conquer all that is not unconditional love.

“Inner Child: of God”🐣👑
In nurturing the child of God within me, I will find Eternal and infinitely evolving beauty and meaning in life, such that it unfolds in some marvelous new dimension at each new turn. I forge humbly ahead, hand in hand with God and Jesus, through the twisting convolutions of my mental landscape, and We use this power of the imagination to intentionally infuse deeper spiritual, or ideal-driven and virtue-based, meaning into my perspective of life. With this spirituality-based interpretation of existence, I may be privy to God’s Own outlook and understand what is valuable and worthwhile in His Eyes, and so I may actually receive His vision to know the true meaning of life. In elevating my thought-plane to the spiritual level wherein God resides, my perceptions of my self and my surrounding environment undergo drastic alterations. This new state of being, of living within the thought-plane of virtuosic ideals and altruistic love, which is the higher consciousness of God’s Own spiritual level of being, constitutes a spiritual awakening. This new spiritual and God-focused approach to life bestows a unique and personal revelation of God to each individual, and ushers in the dawning of God’s golden age of enlightenment.

“Secret Santa Ana: Pollyanna Mana”🕊
In recognizing my life as being ultimately contingent upon God’s grace and love for me, as upon our Heavenly Father Almighty and upon nothing else, I may live as a Co-Creator in cooperation with Him, and play an active role in manifesting my destiny. My relationship with God is a beautiful and unique interaction, and so His response to me will change along with alterations to my thoughts of Him, just as my approach and considerations of Him will change in the process of navigating this life’s path. I may find that if I express and follow an interest in any material, selfish, and non-spiritual matters, as those that are based upon self-serving interests, then I will not know God, nor His perfection of love, nor will I have followed His will. If instead of following my own selfish motives I follow God’s will, as being motivated by the desire to please the Lord for His Own sake or to uphold an ideal of virtue or a greater good, as one that is worthy apart from any connection to my own self, then I will know the divine and unconditional love of God. As I linger within God’s will and abide by my own sense of His presence, which is merely the idea of Him within my own mind, I find that I am carried through life within the harmony and synchronicity of God’s guiding Force and the unabated flow of His will, of love and goodwill to all.

🔔Lunch Communion Topics:
-🗣”Be Still and Listen.”👥
-I may have the blessing of “caritas” by my nature, but that’s about my only virtue. I need to rely upon God in order to realize any of my potential for higher goodness.
-The greatest realization of the human potential is merely to love all living things.

🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
“My Sunday Best”💒💛🕊
My “Sunday best” is the outward effect of glistening white linen that is only come of a rich internal spiritual life and a nurtured state of my soul, as outfitted meticulously to be loving, pure-hearted, and true to God’s will, wearing life as a loose garment.
-“How shall we expect charity toward others, when we are uncharitable to ourselves?” (Sir Thomas Browne, via “For Today,” p. 290)
“One Love (Or Two…✝️)”
-Sometimes thinking about God Himself is far more comforting than seeking His will.
-“…Anything for You!”😘😍
📜(Bible Passages)
Revelation 21:
1-3; “Homecoming: Abode Abides”🛎🎈
4-6; “Watch⏱Time Fly a Pilot Pen”🖋⛲️
7-9; “Fort-a’Tude🗽1st: Outta the Matrix”
10-12; “Precious:💍Seal of the Spirit”💌
13-15; “Gold Ruler:👼12 Stairs to Heaven”
16-18; “Lodged Masonic Pyramid”💛☄️
19-21; “Yellow Brick:🌈Main Line to…”💫
22-24; “Faith: Foundation Father” 🙏🏰
25-27; “Imaginationland: Hot 🗡Through”
2 Timothy 3:
1-3; “Indie Whips a Backlash: Wonder”💞
5-6; “Pearls are of Wisdom”⚒💭💎
7-9; “Smug of Fear:🗜Clouded Mind”🌆
10-12; “Marilyn Monroe Doctrine”📖🏳️‍🌈
13-15; “Child of:✝️God-Sense Within”
16-17; “Taking Causes as Effects”☀️🛌🌹
📜(Bible Chapters)
Revelation 21; “Eyes Wide Shutters📸” 💠
2 Timothy 3; “InSpired💒Delivered Anew”

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

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

🌞10/17/16
“Sugar Plum’s🍒Soul Food:💛Intentions”
✏️Topical Outline:
-The Force: Guiding Intention
-Cling-On: The Rock Steady
-Silver Linings: Dejà Game Plan
-Play Book: Up Pops Life’s Pages
-Reanimator: Infuse Imagination

“Sugar Plum’s🍒Soul Food:💛Intentions”

🎶Inspiration: “Walk On The Wild Side”
(A Song by Lou Reed)

“The Force: Guiding💛Intention”🕯🌬🎨
I find that my experience of life is dictated by my interaction with God and Jesus, and that whatever I bring to the table, as my contribution to Our relationship, will influence my the nature of my existence. When I take the role of being loving and come to Them with my own intentions of pure and unconditional love, then They may accept and manifest my pure-hearted offering and make use Their infinite power. God is sort of like an omnipotent maestro or conductor for my own driving force, and that energy, as the intention or motive behind any of my endeavors, is what I bring to Our relationship. My intention, or my offering, is meant to be virtuous, as it is magnified by the all-powerful nature of His being. When I come to God, I do so by humbly offering Him my self and my will. I must be careful to bring to God only the best possible intentions of unconditional love for everyone without exception, or I will find His power magnifying the impurity in my intention, and I may suffer the brunt of my own misalignment to His goodwill. Even if I do not have the perfect present state of being, by feeling angry or sad, as long as I uphold firmly the higher ideal of perfect love as my aim and priority, then God’s ability to actualize this goal will make use of my higher intention and provide the means of conveyance for my driving force, impetus, or reason. I am to focus my efforts upon refining the purity and goodness of my intentions, which are like fuel, and He will see to the destination. I am to provide the reason, or the intention of being loving and of providing happiness and benefit to all beings as the “why” behind any of my thoughts and actions, and I am to let God’s Almighty goodwill be the “how,” because through His will any and all things are possible, beyond human powers of explanation. God’s infinite and unlimited potential is the exact definition of His power to perform miracles. God, by definition of being omnipotent, doesn’t need to adhere to the laws of reason or physics that limit us as mortal souls, and so if He wills something, it will happen, regardless of any obstacles to His desired outcome. I try to let God work in my life unhampered by the limits that my will would impose, and so I surrender my efforts to control any future outcome, and I instead, just stay in the moment, to focus upon my efforts towards the proper good intention and peaceful state of mind to most effectively drive and power my work. As I reside only within the moment, I am free from worry, because things that extend beyond this moment, such as an outcome or my security in the future, are beyond my control; this is because it is God’s role as God to handle these things. Thus, by working in cooperation with God and Jesus, I may enjoy fruitful efforts, as my experience of the process of hard work is from whence I derive the fruit of labor.

“Cling-On:🎼The Rock Steady”🖖⚒💎
I am only able to control what I stand for at this present moment in Time, and to abide within the moment is not only necessary to enable God to do His job, but it is also necessary if I wish to do my own job in Our relationship. I am responsible for the fuel, or providing the proper thought matter, as of pure intentions of love and goodwill through the contemplation of Him and His virtues. When my mind is occupied with spiritual subject matter and my thoughts are comprised of good intentions, then this elevates my soul, or my state of being, up into the realm of the spirit, wherein God resides. His own thoughts and cognitive existence reside at this spiritual thought plane, as merely the idea of Him within my mind. When I cater to spiritual cares with my mental focus or cognitive power, in the form of deliberately choosing and then directing my intentions such that they coincide with altruistic ideals, as those that retain importance irrespective of my own self or my relationship to them, then I may know the truth of God. God’s will is only ever known truthfully as being the ideal, as the most pure and selfless will to love, unconditionally, infinitely, Eternally, without reason, and without exception. God is the perfect Being Who intends only unconditional love for all of His creation. It is my responsibility to adhere to this true understanding of God’s will as an ideal, or the measuring stick, by which to guide my own efforts in progress towards Him, and thus grow in His image along with Him for all of His Eternity. When I let God work in my life as the Provider He wishes to be, then I can focus upon the good things in life, of working hard, developing my faith and trust, enhancing my ability to provide comfort, and learning to admit humility, all without fear or worry, as in the place of that fear will instead be the idea, as the conscious knowledge, of God as love. I will not know goodness without upholding and intentionally thinking about God’s good things, as the Eternal virtues, and as long as I practice focusing my thoughts upon these matters, I am freed from the bondage of self and false views about reality, or imposed misconceptions of this sinful world that posits its own priority and importance. I must remain within the workings of the earthly material realm, but strive not to let my mind become attached to these matters, and I must be vigilant to not fall victim to the illusion that these things are actually of any real significance. The only thing that matters is the state of my soul and my standing with God, which is fostered with the practice of the virtues, merely by using my mundane work as the raw material, building blocks, or platform, by which I may challenge my abilities and thus enhance my skills, learn, and grow along spiritual lines. I must constantly be mindful of God and lay out explicitly in my mind what my true objective is in any task, because it is my nature as a human to get sucked into my work. I must keep on my toes to try to be cognizant of God and His intended higher purpose for me, so I can keep pruning back the weeds of my ego and loosen the grip of material, mundane concerns, of the worldly realm of the flesh. I find I need periodic breaks from my work to loosen its grip on me, as the idea of it as actually carrying any importance within my mind, so that I can clear out that channel of my focus and reforge my connection to God, and the true soul sustenance of His spiritual goodness. The external cares of the material world will start to come between myself and my thoughts of God and His will, in terms of their importance to me, their priority in my life, and the extent to which I am able to think of God to the exclusion of all other thoughts. Thus, I must diligently provide myself with spiritual upkeep to cleanse my thought content, and empty myself of all my cognitive attachments to material cares. The more I practice clearing out the channel of my mind, as my attentional focus, the more I will know of God and His love, because the more of myself I will have offered Him. It seems strange, but the less I seek my own cares and the more I cleanse my spirit through practice and meditative self-restraint, the more fulfilled I feel because the more I am filled by God. A key aspect of this practice is the point of focus, or intentionality. When I clear my thoughts in meditation to try to hear God’s voice instead of just mine, I must have the expectation, as the hope of my faith, that God’s will is perfect love to all. Further, I will need to focus upon my own intention, or what I would like to contribute, and try to focus my mind to strike upon the divine vein, that heart of gold, that is innate deep within each life, and is the source for my offering of love, as my gift up to God. I must strive to live up to His perfect will, and express my intention to reflect that.

“Silver Linings: Dejà Game Plan”✒️📓🌤
Regardless of my ability to carry out any perfect intention, I must uphold such an intention to fuel my efforts in seeking God’s perfection, as the hope, aim, or idea towards which to direct my efforts. I must try to be the mirror image of that which I seek, and try to cultivate the intention of unconditional love in order to know God as pure, infinite, and unconditional true love. ln order to be of service to God, I must follow His lead and abide within His will of love, as His will would not settle for any less than the best, which is the perfect motive of pure love by which to fuel my work and efforts. I need not worry about what’s possible, because He can make all things possible if I am willing to work with Him. In fact, to worry is disrespectful to God’s position of God, and to His goodwill and desire for me to be loved, cared for, and free from fear. If I am respectful to God, I will offer Him my belief of only the best of Him, which is the virtue of charity. This interpretation or understanding that I choose to make of God dictates the direction that Our relationship will follow. Thus, to know God as love, I absolutely must expect this and only this of Him, leaving no room to doubt His will to take only the best care of me, as a both a show of respect and of trust. As a good-faith effort, or as an offering, I try to express my reverence by emulating His Own love. If I step on God’s toes and try to do His job, or fill the role in my life that He is meant to occupy, than I cannot receive the bliss that He would provide if I let Him fulfill His will. I try my best to love God and demonstrate that love through my trust, by faithfully relying upon Him and only Him as my rock.

“Play Book: Up Pops📖Life’s Pages”💭🏰
I am essentially just the product of my thinking at this singular moment in Time, and I exist independently from any point in my past or the future. The nature of my being, as a finite mortal soul, is temporal, as bound to the confines of Time and space. If I wish to live as God intends, I find that I must focus my thoughts, and deliberately restrict my attention to this point, and only this point, in Time, as being my intended safe place within His Eternity. If I allow my mind to wander beyond the confines of God’s will for me, which is only ever within the safety and serenity of this present moment, then I will not be able to experience the love and serenity of His will. God is found, as merely a focus upon the idea of Him, by exercising my mental faculties to inhibit all preoccupations of my thoughts so that I may zoom in upon Him. When my thoughts carry me into the idea of a future event or into the past, I will be susceptible to the effects of fear or worry, because my God Who protects me from such things exists for me as that idea that I left behind to explore such thoughts. In this way, I am never cut off from God’s grace but for my own wayward instincts, selfish impulses, and lack of self-restraint. If I wish to enjoy the privilege of God’s presence, then I must abide with Him. God wills to take care of me always and to determine the best course for my life to follow, and in order to let Him play the role of God, I must let go of my own will to control my own specific course or path.

“Reanimator: Infuse Imagination”💭🌈🖌
To enjoy God’s presence, I must allow Him to work in His mysterious ways, and not question how it will work out, because His power defies the laws of logic and nature. If God wills for 2+2 to =5, then it will. Thus, it is necessary for me to try my hardest to see my place in God’s world, and to be humble enough okay with not knowing certain things. God’s will for me, as His child, entails comfort with my own ignorance, or my own personal lack of God’s level of power which is omniscience, as a comfort with ambiguity, and actively trusting God by relying upon Him, with the focus of my thoughts, in the face of any fear of uncertainty. I am meant to live as properly reliant upon God, instead of falsely reliant upon my own limited self. As a child of God following in Christ’s path of faith, I am to actively provide my own sense of serenity indirectly, by relying upon my idea of God, and allowing Him to occupy and transform my mind as I think my thoughts as prayers of love up to Him. If I linger outside the bounds of God’s will, as His intentions for me, than I cannot receive the gifts inherent in keeping His path of faith. The path of faith is much more than some external path through life, and in fact, to a large extent, it is actually based upon the idea of rejecting this route of a physically-based, worldly, or material path entirely. I am supposed to derive significance from life by virtue of taking the high road, which is rejecting a carnal or base-level understanding of existence in favor of a spiritual, moral, and internally-derived value system of higher-order principles, or altruistic ideals of intentions. I do not find joy in an activity because of the nature of that activity, but rather, I find joy in an action as a direct result of the projection of my intentions into my overt behavior. I find fulfillment from living within the flow of God’s will by means of occupying my thought-life with these higher-order ideals, or abstract principles, of selfless virtues, instead of filling my thoughts with concerns of material goods. Material goods are understood to be the physical aspects or earthly qualities of an activity or a pursuit, or its defining and comprising features if it exists as purely of the flesh or material plane, as experienced without the value and higher meaning that is bestowed by residing within the spiritual plane of existence, which is the interactive infusion of a virtue-driven thought-life. In residing within the higher plane of life, I may find fulfillment in an activity merely as the result of the virtue and hard work I demonstrate in the process of working. Thus, in refraining from fostering any attachments to the worldly or mundane concerns that block me off from spiritual matters, I may follow the high road, as the path that Christ trod, and focus upon the ideas within the elevated spiritual plane of God’s will. Now, Together as One, We may proceed to enjoy Eternally the grace of God-Consciousness and enlightenment.

🔔Lunch Communion Topics:
“Flow State of Love and Trust”🎶💠🏳️‍🌈
-Peace is the beauty and flow of staying in the moment, Together with God, to savor the experience of giving my full effort of focus and hard work to the task at hand.
“Signs and Cymbals”✌️️🚸🎺
-Magic is exchanging secret messages of love with God and Jesus, as little tokens of affection, through letting Them direct my focus towards these as symbols and reminders of Our love, as they are simple joys and are only meaningful to me by my association of them with the loving role of my Savior that God has played in my life.

🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
“The Persistence of Memory: Good Time” “My Forgiveness is Integral:”💜⏱💛
With fresh eyes, I am better able to accept my past and to understand that the source of my feelings of guilt was from the fact that I had not offered my forgiveness. The opportunity to make the choice to forgive and move forward in a positive direction is one of the most valuable opportunities for growth towards God’s will for us that any of us may ever receive, and is, in fact, the only path by which healing takes place. Love springs forth along the path of God’s will. Forgiveness will always eventually heal all emotional pain and resentments, because offering mercy, as forgiveness, is morally righteous, and so is smiled upon and favored by God simply by being an act of goodness and “the right thing to do.”
-Time heals all wounds.
“Time Flies”👼📯
-“We carry our homes with us that enable us to fly.” (-John Cage, via “For Today,” p. 291)
“Milk of Compassion”🍼💦
-My Job? Of “boob” origins.😅
-If I can’t muster sentiments of love, it’d be just as well to exalt His love for me instead.
-Diagnosis: Christian Religious Experience
“God; Not Otherwise Specified”
-There may not be a cure.😉
📜(Bible Passages)
Revelation 23:
1-3; “Ante-Flow:🍒Fountain Pen Bleeds”
4-6; “Circa💛Rhythm:🕰Internal Clock”
7-9; “Be Held:🌬Overcome with Elation”
10-12; “To Good Cheer:🙏Here(in) Here!”
13-15; “Alpha Mail Opens Up”💋💌⛲️
16-18; “Take Me2💒:Word of Mouthpiece”
19-21; “Eternal Father Strong to Save”🌈
Psalm 112:
1-3; “A Cause: And Ripple Effect”💙🌊💦
4-6; “Rock of Ages:⛵️Hope Floats”👙
7-9; “Trussed in God: Scat-Her🎺Ashes”
10; “Pay it Forward:💓Miles to go Be4…”
📜(Bible Chapters)
Revelation 22; “ΔForce: River’s❣️Mouth”
Psalm 112; “Seedpod: 💒Light in the Attic”

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

Psalm 112Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
Psalm 112
1 Praise ye the Lord.
Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord,
that delighteth greatly in his commandments.
2 His seed shall be mighty upon earth:
the generation of the upright shall be blessed.
3 Wealth and riches shall be in his house:
and his righteousness endureth for ever.
4 Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness:
he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.
5 A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth:
he will guide his affairs with discretion.
6 Surely he shall not be moved for ever:
the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance.
7 He shall not be afraid of evil tidings:
his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord.
8 His heart is established, he shall not be afraid,
until he see his desire upon his enemies.
9 He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor;
his righteousness endureth for ever;
his horn shall be exalted with honour.
10 The wicked shall see it, and be grieved;
he shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away:
the desire of the wicked shall perish.

🌞10/18/16
“Boot Camp: Quan Yin’s Discipline”🌬🎏
ཨོཾ་མ་ཎི་པདྨེ་ཧཱུྃ
✏️Topical Outline:
-Plato’s Play-dough: Fresh Recruit
-Prototype: Willingness Model
-Golden Standard: Bench the Mark
-Arm Canon: Visuospatial Guidelines
-Earned Stripes: Eye of the Tiger

“Boot Camp: Quan Yin’s Discipline”🌬🎏
ཨོཾ་མ་ཎི་པདྨེ་ཧཱུྃ

“Nemo Resideo:” No One Left Behind
“Semper Fidelis:” Always Faithful
“Semper Paratus:” Always Ready

“Nunquam Minus Solus Quam Cum Solus:” Never Less Alone Than When Alone
(-Cicero)

“Plato’s Play-Dough: Fresh Recruit”💔
I find that I experience serenity and peace of mind to the exact extent that I admit personal powerlessness and utter defeat, regarding my ability to successfully manage my own life, as determined by my subjective levels of happiness, my perceived usefulness, and a sense of higher purpose or meaning to my life. I must reaffirm this standing, as the fragile and inherently fractured state of my own isolated ego, or self, each morning as I humbly kneel before God in prayer. I find this physical display of humility extremely reinforcing to the attitude that I am trying to develop, which is one acknowledging my true standing in relation to my Creator. “Carry the body and the mind will follow,” and so I know that simply by getting my body directed and moving in the right direction, I may begin to build up energy as momentum, and follow my own inertia by submitting to an intention with the entirety of my human being, by taking the physical state of my body into account during my various forms of worship. Through sustained and persistent efforts at meditation, by prying apart the hold of my own ego and self-will upon my psyche, I am able to thoroughly realize my true state, as that of the human condition. My natural state of being is that I am formed and fashioned as intentionally incomplete by God, and I am actually, after receiving the insight from an honest self-evaluation, inherently incapable to live as God means for me, and I cannot experience the actual joy of living that is the true meaning of life. I am sculpted by God, in His image, as His Own child, as as such, I am meant to rely upon Him directly for everything that I may need in life. If I do not rely upon God, I cannot know life’s actual beauty and higher meaning and goodness, because God designed me to be a component of His Own self. All mortal souls require a connection to God, as Our Source of life, in order to be graced with the ability to understand this life and function within it in such a way that it is worthy and fulfilling. Only by the ability to be true to myself, as honest enough in my own self-assessment to be able to realize and admit my innate inferiority and lack of value or worthiness, may I come to realize that this is the fact by which the grace of God’s design may reach me. Only by realizing my own inadequacy and inability to sustain myself may I come to the “jumping off point,” or as I like to think of it, “the rallying point,” wherein I will raise my sights up to God. In surrendering the shattered pieces of my ego up to the Lord, by surrendering my will to control my own life up to His care, then, finally, God may complete me. I am not meant to exist apart from God, and my own sense of self or state of being is only ever properly understood as being merely an offshoot, or an appendage, of God. With the honesty and humility to admit my factual weakness, and by evidencing the proper attitude and endorsing the hope that God will be my Savior, then I may solve the mystery of this life and know God. I must demonstrate my own charity with the belief that God is only the best, and so could only possibly be the perfection of unconditional love to all. With this belief and only this belief of God, any shadow of a doubt in my belief of His will to care for me in the best way possible may be entirely eliminated from my mind. Thus, I absolutely must believe in God as Love to believe in God, by which I mean, upholding and making use of my belief by applying it to my daily living experiences. With this factual belief of God, it follows that He will certainly help me to do what I cannot do for myself, which is to enjoy the value of my soul that only He can grant, as the substance of virtue that will carry me on to Eternal Life. Only by being honest enough about my own shortcomings, natural sinfulness, flaws, and defects of character, may I be saved by His very real influence in my life. Sins are innate to all humans so that we may know God, merely as the result of the need that they inspire. I am to admit that I am neither designed nor intended to life independently, the idea of self-sufficiency is an illusion, and I am meant to rely upon God, as all power only ever comes from God; “of myself I am nothing, the Father doeth the works.” God is waiting patiently for each of us to learn this fact for ourselves, and to unfold the mystery of His blessing and love for us in our own unique paths, to the miracle of a living and working relationship with Him.

“Prototype: Willingness Model”❣️
I try my hardest to allow my conception of an all-loving and all-powerful Creator guide my understanding of all the circumstances that I encounter in this life. My vision of God is of the perfect Being, Who loves all living things without exception. I use this idea of God as the foundation of my own sense of self, by which I mean, to guide my thoughts in what such a Being would like and expect of His child. When I feel low, dejected, or disheartened, I generate a mental picture of Who God is for me, and I imagine the image that provides me with the greatest sense of ease and comfort. My vision of God should be such that it is easy for me to turn to Him and open up about my struggles, and to seek Him out as the shoulder upon which to lean for comfort, love, and support. I humbly admit that my own opinion of myself is not a stable source of self-esteem, and that I cannot love myself nor believe in myself without God. I believe that God loves perfectly, and so I am forced to accept the fact that He loves and believes in me, and so in this way, only by believing in God, am I able to love and believe in myself. All of the potential of my self and my life is only ever derived from God, and so in understanding this truth of God’s omnipotent nature, I must also see what this fact entails about my own nature. If God is all-powerful, then I logically must be powerless, because all power is His. Ultimately, my capacity to do anything at all depends upon Him and is the result of His grace, as unmerited love or favor. To actually respect the Almighty power of God, then my own admission of absolute weakness and utter dependence upon Him must necessarily follow as a consequence. Thus, anything that I may experience is only ever because God chose to bless me with the free-will to be a free agent of my own destiny. It is only by the goodwill of God that I have the freedom of choice in my life. Pondering the depths of the concept and nature of God the Father always fills me with a sense of being cradled and cared for, and this sense of being swaddled, “rapt,” and held closely, is a very tangible result of these meditations. It is this knowledge that only comes from direct experience of God, through seeking Him persistently in prayer and meditation, that bestows the euphoric love, or sense of “rapture” from Our shared “agápē,” or “caritas,” which is the the divine, or true and unconditional love, that only exists between God and man. This Oneness with our Creator is the epitome of the human experience, and is unquestionably and undeniably physically felt as God’s love. When you know, you know, and there is no mistaking the presence of God’s love. With God, this sense of love is so intense that there is no need to wonder; if you are not sure if it is God, then it is not God. God leaves no room for doubt when He actively loves us, as the sense of God’s Own love, of agápē, is literally palpable. I try to go through my day with thoughts of God’s love ever-present in my mind, as a Source of inspiration to keep me active and motivated throughout my day’s work, especially in times of pain or hardship. This type of thought process, as revolving around my idea of God and His love, is the basis of God-Consciousness, as the constant awareness of God by always being cognizant of His presence within me, as simply the venerated idea of Him within my mind. I let this idea of God serve as the fulcrum for all of my other thoughts, and serve as the foundation of my understanding of myself and the world. In generating reverent thoughts of God, and offering Him my entire mind by only ever thinking my thoughts up to Him, as the bait for a conversation, I partake in the practice of caritas, which is an active form of love, rather than a mere feeling, or a tacit reception. The love between myself and God is more of a practice and an art, or a discipline, as the cooperation of Our efforts aimed towards a single focus, or purpose, of generating more of this love to go around, and to proliferate this, His gift. Love, as God intends it, is an approach to life, a way of life, or a lifestyle, and it entails that I be an active participant in this process, seeing my life as a Team effort. I recognize that I am not meant to live apart from my idea of God, and in relying upon Him, I may come to be a co-Creator of my own destiny, living Together in harmony with God, and therefore, all of His creation. As I lean on Him, I receive the strength that He is thrilled to provide to any of His children, and He scaffolds me so that I can keep going in the face of adversity. When I submit to God’s care, through holding onto hope instead of succumbing to a defeatist attitude, then I inevitably uncover a jewel of spiritual wisdom and the bliss of growth that was His desire for me, as His gift for persisting in the path of faith all the way through the challenge, to realize His ultimate goal and vision, His will of love. Thus, my prototype and working model of God, as the idea of Him that actually works to enhance my subjective experience of life, is as the Love that provides me with the willingness and ability to successfully cope with any and all of life’s possible challenges, and to experience true love, joy, meaning, and His Own higher purpose.

“Golden Standard:✝️Bench the Mark”💜
A part of believing in God is actually acting upon those beliefs, and upholding the idea of God that I cherish so dearly by allowing my idea of Him, as the vision or prototype of a perfectly loving Heavenly Father, to dictate my thoughts, choices, and actions. If I believe in God but not in an all-loving God, then I do not actually believe in God, because God is perfect, and so must be perfectly, as unconditionally, loving. If I believe in God but do not believe that He loves me, then I have disrespected and mistrusted the love and goodwill of God, and therefore, I have not believed in God. If I believe in God, but do not act in line with my belief of Him by trying to uphold His will of all-inclusive love, to foe and friend alike, as the path laid out by Jesus, then I have not believed in God because I have not brought my belief to life and fruition by actual action, as the works of faith. If I claim a belief in God, this claim is only meaningful if it influences my actions. If I do not act by adhering to the straight and narrow, intending only the best for everyone, then I do not believe in God. The golden rule is often misunderstood and interpreted nearly as entailing that we love one another, but this is only a half-truth. The primary component, and the most important Commandment, is to love God directly, through my daily affairs, and to keep Him as my top priority. If I do not put God first in my life, as that idea which carries most importance to me, and if I do not consider the thought of God first, by deferring to Him before making decisions, then I have broken the First and most important Commandment. Human beings are not capable of love except indirectly, through the love of God. If I do not love God, then I am incapable of loving my fellows, and neither am I loved by them. God’s love is selfless, as action devoted to the greater good simply because it is right. God’s love must be selfless, as it means that I give no thought or consideration to myself or my own best interests. This love is only possible in the name of God. The only path of righteousness is to love for no other reason than because it is the best thing to do, purely for its own sake, which is the meaning of “Soli Deo Gloria.” If I love to be loved in return, then I do not love, as love is only ever actually given. The selfless giving of love, of the act of caritas, is reciprocated by God Himself, who nods upon any such act in His Own mysterious way. Thus, I can only ever be loved directly by God, and by other people only indirectly, as God is the connective matter by which our various effort towards giving love may actually be transmitted. If I have been looking for love, I will find it nowhere but from God Himself, and to know God’s love entails the consequential impulse to pay it forward, as the desire and willingness to continue on in the path of God’s will and perform more selfless acts in the name of God, or in the name of His love. God’s love is self-perpetuating, much like a domino effect. Thus, altruism and charity are evolutionarily preselected by God, as favored through His Own reciprocation of divine love as positive reinforcement, and this love determines our teleological will towards advancement and so ensures our eventual arrival upon God’s intended virtue and goodness.

“Arm Canon: Visuospatial Guidelines”💘
I take great satisfaction in the idea that I am never alone, and that I have a constant companion and designated best Friend, that no one can take away from me, no matter what. This idea, that if I abide by my moral conscience and strive to live up to my idea of God as a role model, allows me to find great strength from His image, whereas, left to my own devices, I would have been left in the dark. To be honest is to know that human nature is evil and sinful without God. In accepting the idea of a perfect man, as Jesus was here to provide, I may defer to my knowledge of what He would do in a given circumstance to guide my behavior, because my own impulses are selfish. Thus, in using my imagination to lovingly craft an idealized image of Who God is and what He means to me personally, I may receive the benefit of guidance from that image or model, as it is ever-present in my mind and so is ever-ready to serve as my guide. As I cater to my understanding of God and the internal artistry of my mind and soul, by actively filling my imagination with only the best and most loving ideas and intentions, I may nurture and cultivate love by the virtue fostered within my thought-scape. The more effort I put into trying to be only the best that I can be, the more of life’s goodness I will enjoy and the more God will speak back to me and reciprocate. It is this weaving of my thought-life into the empty material plane of existence that is spiritual living, and God is the maestro and conductor by which this sense of magic, or synchronicity, as the electricity that carries love’s harmony, is orchestrated.

“Earned Stripes: Eye of the Tiger”💛💠🏳️‍🌈
In feeding into my imagination with the soul food, or spiritual sustenance of God’s virtues and higher ideals, of selfless love, altruism, universal and uncompromising peacefulness, and absolute sure-fastness in my belief in the inherent goodness, beauty, and meaning of God’s creation, in its unfathomable and all-inclusive entirety, then I lay myself prone to the reality of God’s miracles by believing accurately, hitting the nail upon the head, and tapping into the deep Eternal and Universal Truth of God’s creation. To live up to God’s destiny for me, I must strive to adhere to these higher principles of God’s will, of perfect virtuosity, while under the most harrowing and adversarial circumstances. Only in clinging the the truth of God’s love in all circumstances may I be receptive to the workings of His mysterious ways and His miracles. In being presented with two options, of an evil and a lesser evil, with no other possible options, as a child of God on a path of faith I must choose neither. A child of God lives by faith and does not negotiate with evil. I know in my heart, that if it is the good thing and the right thing, even if it’s not logically possible, it will happen if I rely upon God’s will of love. I let my knowledge of God dictate my path, and so I only ever choose unconditional, all-inclusive and uncompromising love as a viable option, and I leave the method and artistry of His miracle up to Him. I just try my hardest to give my full efforts towards this intention by putting out the most work possible, and I trust that He will then be true to His promise and meet me halfway. If I am given two choices, for instance to sacrifice one of two lives, and I choose neither, and instead choose God’s will of the greatest good of keeping both lives, without succumbing to doubt or disbelief by questioning how this could be possible, then I allow Him to work His magic, and may thus secure the win of God’s victory. If love is not always extended to everyone without exception, then it is not love, and so God’s power will not carry that intention through. Only in upholding the well-being of the entirety of Our Universal Fellowship, as “all living things,” may the true power of God take effect, as the miracle of His love.

🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
“Calvinism and Hobbes”🐯
-“Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit.” (-Aristotle, via “For Today,” p. 292)
“Right in Front of your Nose”💡
-“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” (-Dumbledore, from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)
📜(Bible Passages)
Job 42:
1-3; “Can’t Withhold What is Unknown”⚡️
4-6; “Run of the Mill Moral Inventory”🚭
7-9; “Soft Spot🌉for a Certain Supplicant”
10-12; “Yoke:🌹Thursday’s Child”
13-15; “DNA Flow:🍯Sweet Ant Jemima”
16; “Flintstones Old:🌊🕊It’s a Living!”
Mathew 6:
1-3; “Charity: Undefiled by Ego💪Stains”
4-6; “Altar:🙏Worship in the Bedroom”
7-9; “Open💘Discourse: From the Heart”
10-12; “Invitation: 💌Thy Will not Mine”🚸
13-15; “Each According to His Works”📬
17-19; “Anon.🎃: No Sympathy-Seeking”
20-21; “Frequent Flier:👼Spiritual-Plane”
22-24; “Focus:🔍Interest in God not Self”
25-27; “Lamb:🗣Herd God’s Thoughts”💞
28-30; “Faith:🗞🐕Follow God not World”
31-33; “Priority:😇Virtue or Career?”
34; “Pace Maker:⛲️Cross that Bridge…”
📜(Bible Chapters)
Job 42; “Miss Congeniality Re-Runs”👙👑
Matthew 6; “God 1st:🌊💦Trickle Down”

Job 42Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
42 Then Job answered the Lord, and said,
2 I know that thou canst do every thing,
and that no thought can be withholden from thee.
3 Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge?
therefore have I uttered that I understood not;
things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.
4 Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak:
I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.
5 I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear:
but now mine eye seeth thee.
6 Wherefore I abhor myself,
and repent in dust and ashes.
7 And it was so, that after the Lord had spoken these words unto Job, the Lordsaid to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath. 8 Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly, in that ye have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job. 9 So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went, and did according as the Lord commanded them: the Lord also accepted Job.
10 And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before. 11 Then came there unto him all his brethren, and all his sisters, and all they that had been of his acquaintance before, and did eat bread with him in his house: and they bemoaned him, and comforted him over all the evil that the Lord had brought upon him: every man also gave him a piece of money, and every one an earring of gold. 12 So the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses. 13 He had also seven sons and three daughters. 14 And he called the name of the first, Jemima; and the name of the second, Kezia; and the name of the third, Keren-happuch. 15 And in all the land were no women found so fair as the daughters of Job: and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren.
16 After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons’ sons, even four generations. 17 So Job died, being old and full of days.

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

🌞10/19/16
“Nights of the Round Table: The Crusade for Thy Kingdom Come”🦄⚔️🛡
✏️Topical Outline:
-“The Lord’s Prayer”
-Futile System
-Dragon’s Lair
-…Lifts Us Up
-Drawbridge
-Cam-A-Lot
-Happily (Forever and) Ever After

“Nights of the Round Table: The Crusade for Thy Kingdom Come”🦄⚔️🛡
(An Inside Job.)

“The Lord’s Prayer”
Pater noster, qui es in caelis,
sanctificetur nomen tuum,
adveniat regnum tuum,
fiat voluntas tua,
sicut in caelo, et in terra.
Panem nostrum supersubstantialem da nobis hodie;
et dimitte nobis debita nostra,
sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris;
et ne inducas nos in tentationem;
sed libera nos a Malo.
…For Thine is the Kingdom, the power, and the glory, Forever and ever. Amen.

“May I do Thy will Always.”

“Futile System”🌋💫
I take refuge in knowing that any system based upon immoral values, sinfulness, evil, or hatred is fated to reformation and redemption. I recognize that the power of love will always inevitably triumph over any obstacle because love is God’s will. I know that whatever the extent of the injustice and the injury that I may experience at the moment, it is destined to pass as long as I hold onto hope, as the light of God at the end of the tunnel, and continue to uphold my moral values and do the right thing. As I continue upon the path of God’s will, by intending nothing less than perfect love for anyone, no matter how evil that person may be, or how hateful the circumstances, I know that with the faith and persistence of longanimity, God’s will inevitably must come to pass because I am upholding it. God’s will is only ever accessed through the beautiful intention of the golden rule, of offering only altruistic intentions of perfect love to all beings, both friend and foe alike. In this way, I can tap into the vast potential of God’s strength and love merely by affirming Him as goodwill to all. If ever I lay a condition upon God’s love, I will effectively cut myself off from the knowledge and power of His will in my life. When, however, I lay hold of this virtuosic value in the face of my own destruction, defeat, and degradation, then I may latch onto God’s power to carry me through the impasse or the obstacle, clear across to the other side of that moat and to victory.

“Dragon’s Lair”🌋🐉
Within the context of God’s undying and unlimited power of love, and His Own will to fulfill any efforts abiding in perfect love, I will always receive all the strength and resources that I may need to persist in faith through any hardship or struggle. I know that I have the key to overcome, as the willingness to keep going and to go to any lengths in loyalty, and to make no compromises in my moral belief system as the guide to my choices, and therefore, I may succeed in the path of righteousness. In never surrendering to the evil and corrupt ways of the world, but instead following only my heart and my knowledge of God, I know that His will and His mysterious ways will always eventually free me from any dungeon of this life’s struggles within which I may find myself. My clinging to this ideal, that for it to be true love and for it to be God’s will, any vision of goodness and freedom must necessarily extend to everyone, even to my own captors and executioners, serves as the foothold and the fortress of a deep and Eternal Truth, Who holds onto me right back, and by Whom We overcome.

“💛…Lifts Us Up”🏗🗻
Thus, the path to God’s freedom is known through overcoming life’s challenges, as release from the bondage of self and into the arms of His altruistic intentions of love. This virtuosic mentality, or the schema of God’s set of perfect ideals to serve as my belief system and outline the path of life before me, is the key by which to unlock the solution to any problem, because it is the very same mentality and belief system by which God Himself abides. Thus, by converging upon God’s Own will towards this same purpose of love, this path, as made by a leap of faith, is necessarily made possible, whereas by the unaided will of man alone it is only ever impossible. In upholding the perfection of God’s will of love in all my thoughts and actions, I may effectively practice the art of surrendering my soul to His care, and abide and remain in confluence with God’s Own intentions. Through the steadfastness and faith of my adherence to this altruistic standard of perfection, of intending goodness beyond all powers of man, and by believing that through God any such goodness is truly possible, then I may serve God and be the instrument by which He may work, and by which His Own vision will come to pass.

“Drawbridge”✏️🌉🌁
In this way, I never need fear the darkest depths of despair, because I know that love, God’s perfect selfless altruistic love of charity, can never fail, and that God’s will always surmounts evil because the perfection and truth of love lifts us up. The highest and greatest truth of all of existence is the simple fact of love, as incorruptible and unconquerable love. When love is unconditional and extended to all the life within God’s creation, then it has hit upon the fundamental truth that is God’s Own intention, and thus, is subject to the divine flow of His will. In following God’s will, my own potential is no longer limited by the finite nature of man’s laws, and I may instead be subject to the infinite power of miracles that is entailed of pure love and true faith in our Almighty Father.

“Cam-A-Lot”🏔🌈🏰
In persistently surrendering my efforts to the power and the glory of God above, I may sacrifice all of myself, and I may lay down my life and lay down my arms in the service of the King, completely free from any of the sinfulness of fearing for myself, because I choose to trust in God instead. I may even find that it of benefit to be submitted to the most sordid persecution and the most heart-wrenching of trials, because when I am brought to the very depths of the all the evil and despair that this world can know, I can bring with me, through the loyalty of faith, the Almighty love of God as a blessing to these realms. In this way, I may serve the greater good by travailing to these depths of despair, to extend God’s grace and majesty to these dark trenches, as the places where the light and hope of His love is needed most. In fact, the more desperate and horrific the circumstance of the evil, the greater will be the force of the love that We then cultivate as We emerge to God’s victory, as a force of greater and greater evil necessitates, and actually facilitates, the development of Our even greater love.

“Happily (Forever and) Ever After”🌈💛
Thus, in the highest reality, of facing down challenges with God, the experience of being subjected to stronger forces of evil may actually be more rewarding, because these evils entail that We generate, and therefore get to experience, even stronger forces of love by which to overcome them. That evil is the raw material that We may use as a springboard for the workings of the transformative power of love, and so a stronger evil only ever leads to an ever stronger, and ever more rewarding, love. Only by the willingness to surrender to the bottomless pit and the workings of the devil may I be able to face down such evils and allow the power and grace of God to work through me, and as the mission of a missionary, to convert those evils to love. This trust in God, as the courage to face down evil and to love the devil directly, empowers the force of God to prevail upon the depths of Hell, so that He may finally realize His Own fate, of being our Savior and conquering all evil, by overpowering it with the Truth of Our sharing of true love. In this way, We may actually fulfill God’s will to triumph over all of the worlds evils, and successfully extend His helping Hand of unconditional love to all of His creation. In fulfilling His prophesy, by manifesting the destiny of love within all of the deepest crevices of His creation, We may finally receive the glory that is the life here on Earth of the Eternal, One True Living God.

🔔Lunch Communion Topics:
“How to Work with God…”
🗣”Lay Down an Objective”👥
-It’s my job to actively ward off fears and worries as I travail through my day, within both my thoughts and my actions, so that I may fulfill my role of providing an attitude of hope and optimism to determine Our trajectory, and therefore, Our outcome.
“Objective:”💘
-Cultivate an attitude of love and serenity within my work. Ward off and disregard any concerns about the timeframe of my work along with worries regarding its completion. Oust the idea that the goal of my work is merely to finish it, as this will lead me astray into mundane material cares not of the spiritual plane. Seek out and send into exile all those mundane fears, keeping the Kingdom of my mind, body, and soul, pure, as true love for God.
-Love and serenity is the pureness of my soul that results from these spiritual efforts towards the aim of higher virtue.
The goal of my work ought not to be some external product of completion, but rather, the cultivation of an internal state of being.
-I ought to orient my efforts towards a state of equilibrium with the will of God rather than towards a material-level goal. In this way, I must direct my aim and my sights within myself towards my idea of God, and not outwards towards the world.

🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
“Crimson and Clover”🍒🍀
-I am like a hemophiliac of emotion. Sometimes, all that I can do is just to be patient and ride the wave, until God steps in and cauterizes the tear in this pulsating artery of His heart, that letting of love.
“One Option…”🌱🌳🎋
“Get busy living or get busy dying.” (A Mantra -both Andy and Red, from “The Shawshank Redemption”)
-If I could be doing any better, I would. My effort is only directed “towards” progress, and is not the actual arrival upon a specific product, attainment, or result. My job is only to provide the effort, as the end result belongs to God. Maintaining hope through a difficulty is a success in its own right, and that is all that is expected of me. It is the intention behind my efforts, or the thought behind my actions, that counts, because the all of the rest is determined by grace, as the powers that be that connect my efforts to the final outcome, which are the works of God. Trying my hardest in hope towards a better state is what determines the goodness or value of my work, regardless of any overt results.
⌛️”Timefull Skill”💭🌱🖌
“Only in a hut built for the moment can one live without fear.” (-Kamo no Chomei, via “For Today,” p. 293)
📜(Bible Passages)
Galatians 5:
1-3; “Liberty:🗽Claimed in the Living of It”
4-6; “Faith:🙏Activated in Prac☦️ice”
7-9; “One Happy Thought✨to Neverland”
10-12; “Virtue:💫Overcoming of Hardship”
13-15; “Let God🌬Release the⚡️Passion”
16-18; “The Emperor’s Knew Purr-Suit”😇
19-21; “The ‘Self-Will’ Syndrome”🔩⚖️
22-24; “Self-Sacrifice: 💝Goods ‘R Free”
25-26; “God’s Will Suits Mine”🎩🐇👯
2 Corinthians 4:
1-3; “Hug the Shoulder:🌊Part of Your🌎”
4-6; “Faith in Him the Light in Me”🗯💡
7-9; “The Seal: Kissed by Arose”🌹🌓
10-12; “Hold the Glory Up to Light”💦🕸
13-15; “Lay the Groundwork to Rays”🌞
16-18; “Aim Most High:🕷🚿Raise Hope”
📜(Bible Chapters)
Galatians 5; “King Me:👼One Size Fits All”
2 Corinthians 4; “Up💧the Waterspout”⛲️

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

2 Corinthians 4Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
4 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; 2 but have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. 3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: 4 in whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. 5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. 8 We aretroubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; 10 always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. 11 For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. 12 So then death worketh in us, but life in you. 13 We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak; 14 knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present uswith you. 15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God. 16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 18 while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen areeternal.

🌞10/20/16
“The Top-Down Translator” 🌊🕊✒️
✏️Topical Outline:
-Co-Pilots: Share the Road
-Lost in Found
-Uniform: Purpose
-Conveyance: Convert-Able
-Salute: To the Brim
-Arose Tinted-Lenses
-Draw Back: the Curtain
-Revealing the Grail: Bottoms-Up
-Wind Blown Kisses

“The Top-Down Translator” 🌊🕊✒️

“Co-Pilots: Share the Road”🛣
I understand the entirely of my self, the world, and my subjective experience of this life to be completely dependent upon God, and how I relate myself to Him. The true meaning of my life is to know God. God is a Person, so to seek God is actually to seek a relationship, and not some murky or amorphous Force of creation. God is receptive to social influences, just as any other being, and so what I bring to the table in seeking God will influence His response and my interpretation of Him. I find that to maximize the potential for goodness in Our relationship, I must come to Him in prayer, for Our communion or dialogue, with the content of my heart as utterly refined towards one single vision. Through the meditative focus upon my ideal view of the powers that be, I carefully craft the intentions of my heart and soul around this idea, as my axis or fulcrum. The inevitable conclusion reached through honest and humble seeking, by sustained and persistent efforts towards God’s truth, is only ever unconditional and all-inclusive, pure, true love. I use this understanding, of God as perfect love, as the focal point of reference within my cognitive schema, and as the concept by which I align my attentional aims, my guiding intentions, my perceptions, and my interpretations of existence and my experience of this life.

“Lost in Found”🚡
This mind-state of God-Consciousness, as revolving around the understanding that God is only ever some form or another of perfect, unconditional love, is the one fact and the sole foundation of my existence. Furthermore, this knowledge is accurate according to the true will of God, as it aligns with His actual intentions for us as His creation. In extolling this Truth of God with the entirely of my being, and seeking Him out for loving support based upon this and only this unwavering vision of Him, He acknowledges my intentions and is found.

“Uniform: Purpose”⛑
When I seek out God, I really only seek to be of service to Him and to receive His company and companionship. This hope and approach of childlike innocence in my expectation of God, as only pure love, is evidence of the purity, or righteousness, of my own intentions. My intentions are charity, because I come to God expecting only goodness and seeking only to serve. With this approach to God, asking after His Own well-being rather than seeking to enhance my own, We arrive upon the chance of a mutual understanding and the basis for an actual relationship, based upon a common interest of selfless love. When I posit that He is only love, pure and unconditional and without exception, I may provide the proper belief to serve as the foundation of unquestioning trust to erect a solid and faithful reciprocal relationship.

“Conveyance: Convert-Able”🌬🏎☄️
With my own intentions to act as charity, I am made ready to serve as the role of translator for the Word of God. Only by endorsing and extending His goodwill to all forms of life and all levels of His creation, through the avowal of His pure and true unconditional love, do I have the proper singleness of vision and uniformity with His Own actual vision for us to not only receive His message, but also to convey it. I only ever interpret life in the best light possible, and if something seems harsh or unkind, I must take an active role in the interpretation process to infuse my own intention of love into its deeper meaning. I actively refuse to believe that anything but the absolute best is God’s intention behind any of His messages. Thus, when the sharp tongue of a quick wit starts to take shape, I may play a role in tempering the Word, cooling down God’s intensity, and smoothing over the rough edges. I may offer my own redirection to God’s line of thought to keep us aligned to His charity. As being merely the mouthpiece to His Source, I do not dictate God’s thoughts, but I may exert my own influence, and in fact to do so is part of my job description. I translate so that the ultimate meaning of the Word remains intact, but also true to its purpose of expressing love, and so is accessible by being put kindly, softly, and gently enough to be heard. I allow God’s Word to be interpreted in a softer light, to be more understandable and easier to take, and to serve the well-being of all life.

“Salute: To the Brim”🙏🎖
I view God as both the Source and the true beauty of life. I know that if I do not continually turn to Him and Jesus for guidance and to give thanks, then I will no longer perceive a meaningful path of life, and neither will I be able to appreciate it. When I do not seek guidance, I do not receive it, and when I do not offer my expressions of gratitude as prayers and praises up to God, and exert efforts to notice the good things in life, then these gifts do not appear to me. In this way, I find that for life to carry and retain any worth or meaning in my eyes, I must actively submit to the glory of God as the way in which I may behold such meaning.

“Arose Tinted-Lenses”🌹👓
I infuse my thoughts with my idea of God, and I allow the elevated outlook and mood that thoughts of Him always entail dictate my own vision or interpretation of my life. If I view the world from behind the rose-tinted lenses of my love for Him, then I may perceive even the most desperate or disappointing situations in a positive light. The idea of God serves to resurrect my attitude of optimism when it inevitably deflates, and lifts my sights back up towards hope. From this renewed and refreshed perspective, from this viewpoint of a Oneness with God, I can carry on in any sort of labor with a sense of peace.

“Draw Back: the Curtain”💧🕶💫
If I do not allow my understanding of God to precede my own interaction with the world, then I inevitably find myself melting into a puddle of tears at some point over the course of the day. I find that these peaks and valleys of my experience are a necessary and natural part of being human, and is always a breath of fresh air when I realize the origin of my folly. As soon as I refocus my thoughts around God, that protective airbag that is like a shield of Our love cushions me from the harsh impact of the world, and raises my sights and expectations back towards virtue, goodness, and spiritual fulfillment.

“RevealingThe Grail: Bottoms-Up”🏆⛲️
I like to feel useful, and self-serving or selfish goals and purposes have always left me feeling guilt-ridden and empty. When I try to let go of self-interest and my own needs and concerns to instead be of service to God, I feel whole and complete. I like to exchange sentiments with both God and Jesus, and I find that to feel like they need me for their Own purposes gives me a sense of value and worth that I was never able to experience of my own. I am able to conjure up expressions of love, and offer comfort, encouragement, and consolation to God and Jesus in efforts that I would not be able to fulfill for anyone else. Whenever I sense that maybe there is something upsetting God, I can step in to try to ease the discomfiture and lighten the load with my own trust and devotion. I find that feeling as if God needs me to mediate His Own irascible tendencies gives me a sense of purpose, but also, it obligates me to the duty of generating love. In this way, through serving God, I am bestowed the loving nature that I need to feel goodness and worth in my own life. When I sense that a tenseness, worry, or uneasiness within myself is actually from God or Jesus instead, then I am better able to devote my efforts towards the spiritually significant purpose and healthy outlet of drawing that silver lining of hope. I find that God and Jesus will fill the role of Spin Doctor and Mr. Brightside when I become pessimistic, and feeling like They need me to play the same role for Them when They get down gives me a sense of usefulness that I require to experience any meaning or importance to my being alive.

“Wind Blown Kisses”🌊💋💦
I recognize that God is this deep river and infinite Eternal Source of creation, from Whom all blessings flow. I like to see it as my job to play the mouthpiece of His fountain pen, and soften any rough edges of His sharp tongue. I try to keep His power focused and aimed in the upright direction, as determined by the sharing of altruistic sentiments and ideals of His love. For God’s Truth to come out as pure love, as the message of blessing that it is, I must use my own pure intentions and will towards charity to filter His flow, and blow kisses of holy breath to invoke the Word. When I play the the translator for God, Our own personal chemistry influences the result, and thus serves as quality control. I am not willing to settle for anything less than only best intentions of pure love to extend as the ultimate destiny for all of God’s creation, and so when I interpret for God, I may add the finishing flourishes and the final touch of a woman to express love, and present His purest perfection of Truth.

🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
“Bittersweet Symphony”🎻🎹💓
-“Patience is a bitter plant, but it has sweet fruit.” (-German proverb, via “For Today,” p. 294)
“The Dark Side 💗🌓🌈…of the Heart”
-Sometimes finding “Mr. Brightside,” is a challenge in creative problem-solving.🎃
-To each a turn to be the light.📀In turn….
-“The Dark Side of the Moon” got pink! 😻
“Epistemological Coherentism”🍌🍌📞
-This set “hangs together” nicely.
👙😉🤘
📜(Bible Passages)
Ephesians 1:
1-3; “Spiritual Blessings:🔦On The Road”
4-6; “Follow the Instruction Emmanuel”🛐
7-9; “Set in Motion: Hop on Pop”🎠🎢🎡
10-12; “All for 1 and 1 for…Oliver Twist”💃🏻
13-15; “Promised as The Tale of Genji”🎎
16-18; “Greenery:🎄The Quiet American”
19-21; “A Tale of 2🌌Great Expectations”
22-23; “🌞…Also Rises A Moveable Feast”
Acts 16:
1-3; “Right and Left of Passage”🏛
4-6; “Buddha’s Phrygian Bonnet”⛩
7-9; “Travels with My Aunt”🕊
10-12; “Abiding Certain Deis”🏟
13-14; “Tyrian Purple: Sea 🐚’s+🐋+🐕”
15-17; “Sugar and Spice and…🕊”
18-20; “Those Meddling Apostles!”🏅
21-23; “Earned Some Stripes”🎖
24-26; “Stocks and Bond’s, James…”💺
27-29; “Crouching🐯Samurai🎋de-Code”
30-32; “Simple not Easy”🙏
33-35; “Faith is🕯Always Daylight”
36-38; “…Was Built in a Dei”☁️🏰🌈
39-40; “Nautilus:🐚🔔Golden Rule Ratio”
📜(Bible Chapters)
Ephesians 1; “ΔCoepis:Paradise Regained”
Acts 16; “Every Time a 🛎Bell Rings…👼”

Ephesians 1Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus: 2 grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 4 according as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5 having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6 to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. 7 in whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; 8 wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; 9 having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: 10 that in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: 11 in whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: 12 that we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. 13 in whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 14 which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
15 Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, 16 cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: 18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, 20 which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: 22 and hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, 23 which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

Acts 16Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
16 Then came he to Derbe and Lystra: and, behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timotheus, the son of a certain woman, which was a Jewess, and believed; but his father was a Greek: 2 which was well reported of by the brethren that were at Lystra and Iconium. 3 Him would Paul have to go forth with him; and took and circumcised him because of the Jews which were in those quarters: for they knew all that his father was a Greek. 4 And as they went through the cities, they delivered them the decrees for to keep, that were ordained of the apostles and elders which were at Jerusalem. 5 And so were the churches established in the faith, and increased in number daily.
6 Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia, 7 after they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not. 8 And they passing by Mysia came down to Troas. 9 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us. 10 And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavoured to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them. 11 Therefore loosing from Troas, we came with a straight course to Samothracia, and the next day to Neapolis; 12 and from thence to Philippi, which is the chief city of that part of Macedonia, and a colony: and we were in that city abiding certain days.
13 And on the sabbath we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spake unto the women which resorted thither. 14 And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul. 15 And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us.
16 And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying: 17 the same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation. 18 And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.
19 And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas, and drew them into the marketplace unto the rulers, 20 and brought them to the magistrates, saying, These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city, 21 and teach customs, which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans. 22 And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them. 23 And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely: 24 who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.
25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. 26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed. 27 And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled. 28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here. 29 Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, 30 and brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? 31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. 32 And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house. 33 And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway. 34 And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.
35 And when it was day, the magistrates sent the serjeants, saying, Let those men go. 36 And the keeper of the prison told this saying to Paul, The magistrates have sent to let you go: now therefore depart, and go in peace. 37 But Paul said unto them, They have beaten us openly uncondemned, being Romans, and have cast us into prison; and now do they thrust us out privily? nay verily; but let them come themselves and fetch us out. 38 And the serjeants told these words unto the magistrates: and they feared, when they heard that they were Romans. 39 And they came and besought them, and brought them out, and desired them to depart out of the city. 40 And they went out of the prison, and entered into the house of Lydia: and when they had seen the brethren, they comforted them, and departed.

🌞10/21/16
“A State of Being:🔥Phoenix Love+Trust”
✏️Topical Outline:
-“Walk by Faith…”🌱
-“Ring Of Fire”❣️
-Awakens👁
-Rises🌾
-Autumn Leaves🍁
-Raises🌹
-Lifts Life’s Circle🍂🌳🎋
-Phoenix Surprises❤️

“A State of Being:🔥Phoenix Love+Trust”

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.”🌱
(-2 Corinthians 5:7)

“Ring Of Fire”❣️ by Johnny Cash
“Love is a burning thing
And it makes a fiery ring
Bound by wild desire
And I fell right into a great ring of fire and
And I fell into a burning ring of fire
I went down, down, down as the flames were rising higher
It burns, burns, burns,
And it burns, burns, burns,
The ring of fire…”

“Awakens”👁
As I go through my day, I try not to strive towards any external incentive, ego-driven ambition or goal, or material pursuit. I do not strive towards a product of my efforts. Any sort of material, or earthly, result or outcome of my work is merely a byproduct and is not itself the real fruit of my labor. I have found that as I go through my day, I am walking a thin line between the idea of Heaven and Earth, or life and death, as the spiritual and material realms of existence. As I navigate through the process of living a spiritual lifestyle, I see the material world as it really is, as inherently empty, being of corporeal and impermanent substance. I reject these worldly matters, as they are of no lasting significance or moral goodness. The part of this life that carries any actual value and Eternal consequence is the pursuit of spiritual understanding and the growth and improvement, or ascension, of the state of my soul. With the accurate perception of reality, I orient the focus of my thoughts around God and towards the cultivation of His everlasting values of moral goodness, altruistic love, and the virtues, in His spiritual realm of existence. I forfeit the selfish, sinful and evil cares of my own ego for material fulfillment, and I instead seek the thought-based sources of real and everlasting value, with God. These higher spiritual values and virtues are worthy of my striving in the absence of any bearing upon myself, and so they may live on long after the death of my body, all the way into rebirth in God’s Eternal Life. As I cater to the needs of my spirit over the needs of the flesh, I cultivate the virtue within my own soul and prepare my self to be acceptable in God’s eyes, and thus, to carry on after death with Him in Heaven.

“Rises”🌾
In participating in God’s reality of the spiritual realm and denying myself the sinful pursuits of the material realm, I am able to actually enjoy life, and to live it the way that it is meant to be lived. I avow the importance of God and spiritual matters, and I sacrifice my own self-interest in order to follow this path of faith, with God. I find that material pursuits are like a sticky web of entanglement, as when I succumb to the illusion that they are of any actual importance, I am transported out of the peace of dwelling in the realm of the spirit and instead I am subjected to the evils of this sinful material world, that knows no higher goodness, virtue, or lasting value. I only have two choices, being either the death of my spirit and the Eternal death of my soul through choosing to believe in the value of the material realm and selfish pursuits, or the Eternal Life of my spirit and a deep sense of serenity, by choosing to develop my virtuosity and skills towards morality and upright living. In following after the well-being of the spirit, through altruistic and God-focused goals, instead of following after my own ego in trying to satisfy my own selfish needs, I may see the truth of this life and perceive God’s path of self-sacrifice, by which my soul may carry on into Eternal Life after death.

“Autumn Leaves”🍁
Walking the line between life and death, I strive towards God’s spiritual goodness existing within the thought-plane of my own mind, as a preoccupation with the higher order virtues of God’s will, such as love, altruism, and any matters of spiritual significance. I must constantly relinquish the control of my will and surrender myself over to God, because any matters of the material world, such as selfish worries after my own well-being and the mundane trivialities of daily work, are constantly taking hold of my attention and pulling me down from the higher spiritual plane of life. While I am still here on Earth, I am not yet in God’s Heaven, but I am no longer bound within the illusion of a fleshly existence, and so I am alive within a whole new state of being, which is spiritual transcendence. I am in a constant state of both death and rebirth as I navigate the convolutions of my mind and my path through this world, and if I dwell too long in thoughts about myself, my needs, or mundane and non-spiritual aspects of my earthly obligations, then my spirit deteriorates and soon dies. However, by virtue of the mysterious ways of God’s Eternal Life, and from within the shadowy workings of God’s redemption, as soon as I refocus my thoughts to seek the idea of Him and His perfection of love and higher goodness, my spirit receives that divine breath of life, and I rise from the ashes of my scattered mind after the fashion of a Phoenix, reborn to live again.

“Raises”🌹
It is a perilous path that I follow to thirst after matters of the spirit in this sinful world, but it is the only path by which I have found happiness, joy, and God. I am okay with this continuous process of dying just to be reborn, because with each cycle of life that I complete, I learn a new facet of spiritual development and uncover a new jewel of wisdom through the earthly, concrete application of theoretical virtue. These little lessons, of facing a challenge, succumbing to the extent of its pain or difficulty, and then discovering the insight of God’s solution for me, bestows the true meaning to life and transforms hardships into stairways, leading up to the climax that is the revelation of God’s infinite love.

“Lifts Life’s Circle”🍂🌳🎋
In following the path of enlightenment, or the path that Christ taught, I transcend the boundaries of the illusory material realm, and traverse beyond the transitory level of existence that is the experience of life in the absence of God-Consciousness. I must constantly experience death at the hands of my own attachments to self-will and non-spiritual considerations, and then the bliss of regeneration as my thought life ascends back up into the higher order state of existence, to dwell with God in the Eternal realm of spiritual considerations. As life’s little worries bring me down to the pain and suffering inherent in a fallacious, or worldly, understanding of existence, I learn new dimensions of my own soul. I uncover other sides of myself as the sins and defects of character expressed by my self-will, and then God and I may work to shine the light of His spiritual perspective upon the darkness of my heart Together.

“Phoenix Surprises”❤️
Oftentimes I must reach the very depths of my own despair and painful emotions so that God’s healing touch may be carried unto these heartaches, and thus illumine and dispel such darkness with the Light of His love. Once We arrive upon the depths of that pit of darkness and fear Together, We may unfurl the wisdom of God’s light by spreading out the understanding of love’s wings. One We have prevailed, and shine with the light of love from within the fiery pits of indolent passion, there is only one way to rise back up from these ashes. In a state of humble release, We let go of Our very selves and Our Own lives, and Together We allow the levity and buoyancy of lighthearted laughter to lift Us back up to the restoration of life, in a new genesis. Only the bubbling forth of this new birth of hope, from the lightness in Our hearts, can provide the Wind to raise up Love’s wings.

🔔Afternoon Musings:
-If you fall down, laugh your way back up.
😅
(If it’s laughing, it’s probably Jesus.)
“Team America”🌍
-OK, I have to ask…
-So what’s with the Godzilla top paired with Captain America shorts?
-“Sergeant Joker: I think I was trying to suggest something about the duality of man, sir.” (-from “Full Metal Jacket”)

🔔Dinner Communion Topics:
“The Rose Stops to Smell”🌹
-“Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.” (-Aldous Huxley, via “For Today,” p. 295)
“This Rib-Caged Bird Sings”🌊👑🕊
-Sometimes a change in my setting and a forced break from my current situation or activity is necessary if I am latched on too firmly to my own self-will, or if I attach to an engagement before fixating upon God. The willingness to put God first is vital to my enjoyment of life, and it requires hard work to keep following that priority. If my willingness to serve God’s will ahead of my own will ever starts to peter out, I can rest assured that it will always return if I work for it, and that I have all the spiritual tools necessary to help ease my will back into the hands of God: Right Where It Belongs.
“Catch and Release”🌬💦🎣
-This process of releasing my will and then catching my mistakes helps God and I to get to know and understand each other better, and it is a necessary part of the further development of Our relationship.
-The willingness to serve God’s will, and not mine, is my understanding of freedom. 🕊
📜(Bible Passages)
Ephesians 4:
1-3; “Practice: Raise the Virtue Barre”💃🏻
4-6; “Des-Carts🚗Driver Seat of the Soul”
7-9; “Elevated Captivated Rein-Stated”🎅
10-12; “Full Circuit Circulatory”❣️🔥💦
13-15; “Third Eye Rock On-Star”💠🛂⚠️
16-18; “Power Rangers Power Up!”🙏🌞
19-21; “Grow After the💧Thirsts We Fill”
22-24; “Virtue of🎸Thoughts Entertained”
25-27; “Groundskeeper🍃God’s Willie”🌻
28-30; “Work It Out+Tie It Back In”💝
31-32; “Maid+Made: 💒Housekeeping!”
Matthew 11:
1-3; “Come As You 🎸3Rs🏳in εἰρήνη”
4-6; “Like a Leper Messiah…”✨🕷
7-9; “Candle in the Wind Instrument” 🎷
10-12; “Don’t Shoot Up the Messenger”💉
13-15; “Social Convention🐏Stray Herd”
16-18; “Contempt Prior to🗄Investigation”
19-21; “Fault-Forgiving👐God-Finding”
22-24; “Lean-To: On Stand By Me”💜🎙
25-27; “We Keep It In Our Family”💚💙❤️
28-30; “Anonymous:🛌🌹Just For Today”
📜(Bible Chapters)
Ephesians 4; “Spin🕸Dove-Taled Jawns”
Matthew 11; “Expectancy Bias💐Pick Me!”

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

Matthew 11Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
11 And it came to pass, when Jesus had made an end of commanding his twelve disciples, he departed thence to teach and to preach in their cities. 2 Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, 3 and said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another? 4 Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see: 5 the blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. 6 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.
7 And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind? 8 But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses. 9 But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet. 10 For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. 11 Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. 12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force. 13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. 14 And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come. 15 He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
16 But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows, 17 and saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented. 18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a devil. 19 The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children.
20 Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not: 21 Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22 But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you. 23 And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. 24 But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee.
25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. 26 Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight. 27 All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.
28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke iseasy, and my burden is light.

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“Fun Facts, Vocab, and Trivia:”
(Define this word)
IFF (if and only if)
Cyrene
Talitha
Lazarus
Ariel
(Google search terms: — name meaning)

“Lions Love Jokes!:”
(-from South Park)
-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.”🙏
(B/C: Idle hands are the devil’s workshop)
-Whatcha looking to make? I think you must have misspelled “Prophet!”💸

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Courtesy of:
“Gabriel, the Holy Spirit (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

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