ฮ‘ฮฉ. ๐Ÿ“•”The Holy Ghost-Writer:” My Extracted Writings (Chapters 1-5)

“…My Own Works and Commentaries Presented Separately from the Bible Passages and Excerpts with which They Originally Appeared in My Blog Posts”

Journal Entries for Chapters 1-5
1. “The Living Word is Our Eucharist”
2. “Communion”
3. “Our Daily Bread”
4. “The Living Word is Loving”
5. “The River: Eastertide”

๐Ÿ“•”My Extracted Writings”
1. “The Living Word is Our Eucharist”

“Worldly Attachments”
The more of my world that falls away, the more of God shines through.

“Calibrate to God’s Will”
The only thing I can control, the only proper use of will power, is to choose to respond with love. To love unconditionally, without exception, as an offering to God, is always the only right decision, and is an incorruptible preservation and strength.

(The Double-Edged Sword)
The word of God is a double-edged sword, because whomsoever wields it must oneself humbly accept that same rebuke, as we are all equal in the eyes of the Lord. He pays no respect to persons. The scourging of the Lord is a blessing, and to be humbly sought as part of His care and instruction, as a child and servant of God.

(Fear of the Lord)
Fear is a term for “motivation.” This is the only correct and righteous motivator. It can be understood as fear from veering outside of God’s will as the upright path of morality, and of losing His presence. Fear of being apart from God is love for God. I’m going to be motivated, or driven, by a “fear” of something, so let it be God! Choose your “master” wisely, you cannot serve both God and worldly pursuits.

(Angelina Jolie’s Tattoo)
“That which nourishes me destroys me.”
Interpretation/translation: That which sustains my ego destroys my soul. My soul is the space I make in my heart to cater to God and his will, not self-will.

Shattering away my ego, or my self-will, as my thoughts, wants, cares, and desires, creates room for God Himself within my being, and restores to me my eternal soul. When I defer to God in my heart and thoughts, to serve His will of selfless love, rather than cater to my own selfish wishes, then I live as He intends… the best way!

Sacrificial Love Lives!
Peace of mind is a clear conscience for having my motives, intentions, reasons for my actions, and ultimate objective or aim all in the right place, to be with, and serve, and love โค๏ธ God. Et aussi Jesus.

PRN:
Pro re nata (Latin: for the affair born).
RX PRN: New Testament, Word is born.

A will to love and save each and every one; all beings are God’s Own children. To love and save us is His will and good pleasure, and He will go any distance to offer that care to any who seek Him. There is strength is weakness: God’s.

The Truth of the Human Condition:
Salvation Begins with Honesty.
Lost! Humbly Admitting Powerlessness to Seek His Guidance and Instruction
God’s will is an open hand that will not force itself upon you nor deprive you of free-will, but wait for you to seek Him. In humbling oneself to obey God and follow Him with the unquestioning love and trust of blind faith, one receives knowledge of His will and the ability to fulfill that love.

“Peacemaker”
The modern-day rebel is really a pacifist. Innocence will not contend with an aggressor, but rather, will turn the other cheek in meekness, and humbly offer the victory to the offender with compassion.

One Way to Heaven
“Only through Christ may you enter the kingdom of God;” Christ is referring to a lifestyle practice of love, faith, and virtue. Accepting Christ in your heart is only ever evidenced by actually practicing faith in daily living and upholding His statutes. The virtue and righteousness of the soul, through the adherence to morality and upholding values of goodness in all matters, is what is left over to sustain our souls past death; if there is not a spiritual substance to the soul it will perish. Practicing faith in God and loving Him will allow our souls to survive into His Eternity.

(Beatitudes and Repentance)
The lowly is exalted, and the high are made low… Humility and forfeiting self-reliance, upon vanity or the ego, allows the entrance of God into our lives. We are meant to humbly take glory in God and His grace, not arrogant egotism or self-pride. God is eternal, but the human ego is only mortal, and laying up our esteem or treasures therein will lead us to perish, as the flower of the grass, as chaff in the sun. Glorifying and praising God, in reverent love, creates a storehouse of heavenly treasure within our souls, which will last beyond the first death and sustain us all the way to the kingdom of God’s afterlife.

Forgiveness is Always the Offer:
Repentance, and working towards an honest conscience and clean account with God, is the alternative to the natural recompense of sin, and is the path of God’s will to the salvation of all souls. Putting trust and thought towards God is carefully recognized, and lasts for eternity.

My weakness and personal defeat is God’s glory, strength, and salvation.

The stray lamb in Matthew is about God’s will for us to humbly abide at all costs, to learn the unquestioning and unconditional love of blind trust and faith, to follow where God leads without ourselves knowing the way; howbeit, God’s will is not that we should actually perish in that path, much like the story of Abraham sacrificing Isaac in trust. The point is that we learn to be willing.

Going to any lengths for righteousness in God’s eyes entails self-sacrifice of any offending defect of character. There is also more joy in correcting a sin, or in collecting a stray lamb, and rejoicing in that improvement, than there would be in being pristine to start.

The stray lamb in Luke is more about the Prodigal Son parable. God’s will is for us to know Him, by repenting for our inherent sinfulness and defects, as it is His will to provide His saving hand and allow us to glorify Him, through the demonstration of His unlimited capacity to offer love, mercy, and forgiveness.

Earthly riches are evidence of the lack of charity, and demonstrate trust in the material, or mammon, over the spiritual.

Manifold Paschal Mystery
-To demonstrate to man his own sinful nature and need for God’s forgiveness.
-To demonstrate the extent of Christ’s love and trust in God
-To demonstrate God’s love and willingness to forgive literally anything, even man’s crucifixion of His own Son
-To show man His need for God’s leadership and direction and the infallibility of placing one’s life in His supreme care
-Taking upon His own innocent shoulders the sins of man and suffering unjustly at their hands, so that ultimately, they might learn to be obedient to God and not vanity
-Creating an example of love unto death that overcomes death and earthly fears
-Demonstrating a worst case scenario to prove the extent of God’s forgiveness and love, so that people might trust Him
-Herding the sheep into eternity not hell
-Creating an example of self-sacrifice as the ideal of selfless love and charity
-Trying to get people to follow God with unquestioning trust, and to “be good”

God is Perfect Love
Good only ever comes from God, without God, man is prone to evil. God only ever wants what’s best for any child, in ways beyond our limited comprehension, and so to fulfill His will and receive His ideal plan for us, we have to trust Him rather than our own knowledge of His infinite creation.
“Loving without knowing.”
Respecting God and reverencing Him means assuming only the best of His will and intentions for our lives. Assuming anything less than Perfect Love as His will is disrespectful to God and His greatness.

Man being “Froward”
Self-direction is the root of sin, and the path of Christ is the righteous alternative. We may defer our direction and action to God, to serve His will rather than our own. In this way, we may all work in unity towards His greatest good and avoid social discord, or instincts in collision. Without God’s will of selfless love as our objective, we will inevitably be led by selfish motives and fall prey to sinfulness.

The most common false gods or idols in modern times include occupational advancement, earthly relationships, material goods, and esteem of our fellows. The most common folly is loving our neighbors, but forgetting to love God. God is a person, and to seek God is to seek a real, loving, mutual relationship.

The only pure and righteous way to live is through the intention or desire to serve and please the Lord God, and to follow the Commandments and Christ’s teachings. Man’s weakness is his own ego, or vanity.

There many paths to a maintain a clean consciousness, as disciplines of love, with the common theme being self-sacrifice.

All I am is my intention or motivation. To seek and love God is my only “Job.”

The decision to trust God’s care and seek His direction for me, not my own wants, is the omnipresent remedy to all fear or anxiety. All worry only ever arises because of doubt, which is the absence of faith or the decision to trust God. Unquestioning, ever-abiding faith and trust is the epitome of love.

Loving God casts out all fears and doubts. Loving God comforts me, because that intention, of my heart being in the right place and set upon God, lets me know I’m doing what I ought to in God’s sight.

Faith: don’t doubt or “think twice” of God
(God-dependence, “non-froward”)

The Eucharist.
“This is my body, it is broken for you.”
The natural state of humanity is one of being inherently human, or innately sinful, by God’s Own perfect design. We were created to need the love, care, and guidance of the Lord. Such is the extent of our sinful nature that we hatefully rejected and crucified the Son of God, an innocent soul, purely loving without any blemish of sin or wrongdoing. This act of humanity, our sin in executing the Lord, is a demonstration to us of His love for us. Christ’s example is meant not only to illustrate to us our own wayward and evil nature when we act without His guidance, but also the extent of His love, as the agony He would endure to show us our folly so we may no longer reject God’s will, nor our need for the path and direction of Christ’s teachings of serving God’s love. In serving God’s will, we receive His love.

All love only ever comes from God, and all righteousness is only ever the result of God working through us. Only God the Father is good, as the Source of all good, and all else is necessarily inherently evil. We are meant to recognize the difference between us and Him, and submit to His will to love us, rather than follow the sinful behest of our own selfish and evil motives. In recognizing my sinfulness and my need for Him to experience goodness, I may humbly and gratefully receive His perfect love, which is in fact, His will for all of us.

The crucifixion mirrors for us our need for God, as without His guidance and love, we are hateful. Being honest about our true natures is not meant to shame us, but to show us how much we need Him, so that we submit to follow His path of teachings in the Gospel, rather than follow our base evil instincts and selfish wills or impulses. In admitting our sinfulness and the innate inadequacy of self-direction and self-will, we may humbly and gratefully accept the open hand of love that God stretches out to offer to us. In admitting my own sinful nature, I can appreciate God’s will to love me, and be motivated to follow His will, as demonstrated in the dedication and trust of Jesus’s self-sacrifice of redeeming love.

If I ever think I’m good enough, and that I don’t need the instruction and guidance of the Lord, I am essentially forsaking Him, in claiming I don’t need Him and He died for nothing. He died for our sins, to show us our own evil ways when without guidance, and He outlined the path of God’s will to follow as a way to avoid sin and self-will.

In accepting communion and partaking in the Eucharist, I am admitting to being a sinner. I accept Christ’s claim of human nature as necessarily requiring God and of being evil if not abiding within His path. Christ’s example helps us in recognizing the evil of human ways when self-directed. “But for the grace of God there go I;” so evil that I would crucify an innocent soul.

In taking communion, I am admitting my sinfulness. I am recognizing that His body was broken for me, because I’m a sinner. In accepting the truth of His sacrifice, I am committing myself to follow His path from the Bible, and not my own ways of the flesh, of selfish, corrupt human strivings. If I were not inherently sinful without God, then He would not have needed to die for me, to show me my own true nature and need for His forgiveness and instruction. I accept my human nature of inherent sinfulness, and accept His path instead.

In accepting Christ, I must live up to His teachings, and express the trust that God is perfect, and His will could only ever be perfect and unconditional love. This belief is the firm foothold from which faith springs forth and flowers into His reality.

Recompense means that when I admit my need for God, as demonstrated by our crucifixion of an innocent, I receive Him. When I fail to repent, I am paid in kind for my sins by His law of justice, in this life or in the hereafter; but by the same law of God’s justice, when I express repentance and regret for wrongdoing, I nurture my conscience and receive His forgiveness. “It is not God’s will that any should perish, but that all may come to repentance,” and accept the reality of His will to love us.

Fact: I, as human, need God to be good.
All good and love is only ever God.
In better appreciating my own hatefulness as the truth of my self-will and ego, I am better able to recognize, appreciate and absorb the grace and glory of God’s will.

Grace: “unmerited” love or favor.
…He’s just that loving!

Tangible and euphoric love:
Abiding within God’s presence is agร pรซ. In following God’s will and accepting His love, I am not of my own, but rather, am just a branch grafted onto God. Living as an offshoot of His will and not my own enables me to experience the beauty of life as He intends it, as of perfect love.

“Self-Honesty: Only God is Good”
Glorifying God means understanding that of myself, I have no merit. In this proper understanding of where I stand, I may receive the grace of God and depend wholeheartedly upon His love, as He Himself intends, in truth, as unmerited.

All I actually ever need is God and His love.

“Weird Neuroscience”
God is like a special type of receptor, outstretched and interlaced through all elements of His creation. Within any man, being, or material, all of which may be seen as congruent to individual neurons, only this “God receptor” is capable of transmitting or receiving true and actual, unconditional and selfless, love, which is analogous to a divine neurotransmitter.

No man is actually capable of love, giving or receiving it, if apart from the will of God. Only God may provide those receptors. In choosing to obey the laws of virtue, as God’s will, these receptors are activated. When I abide within morality and God’s will, I am flooded with a steam of His divine neurochemicals, and am immersed in a sense of overpowering rapturous love.

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“The Eye of Providence…
A Reflection of Your Soul”
Any goal apart from God Himself directly and serving His will is a rejection of Him. Life is best experienced indirectly, via Him. His eye is the Gift of the Holy Spirit of Understanding, and constitutes my soul. I am to seek Him, the idea of Him within my mind as viewed as His eye of Providence, before any other thought, and He will guide me through the best path of life. This eye is my conscience and my soul, as the tabernacle of Christ that dwells within each being, through the Holy Ghost. This temple of my soul is my gateway to God’s Heaven and eternal life once I die. The more I invest in upright living and morality, the better the state of my soul. The point is that I grow a conscience and rely upon Him. All souls must pass through Hell to be tested for virtue. If there is no soul, then there is no life after death, and if the eye is evil or darkened, it may remain in Hell or perish before reaching Heaven. Repentance fosters a conscience and strengthens the soul to pass on to Heaven. Hell is like a crucible to refine the virtues of goodness, for the soul to be acceptable for entry to Heaven, without the blemish of earthly dilution. Only God’s virtues are eternal and capable of sustaining the soul. God’s Kingdom of Heaven is your soul, as the righteousness, faith, and love within your heart at this very moment. This soul is the only part of this life that is forever. All one must do is think of God to see Him. “Seek and ye shall find..”

“Badge of Honor”๐ŸŒˆ
If even Jesus had to go through Hell before eternal life, obviously we all would. Certainly none of us are better than He!

“Gets My Goat…”
(Leaven means “power” or authority)
Eucharist.
Did you think I was actually talking about bread? Define “parable.” …Allegory.

Metaphor: using concrete examples to illustrate abstract (spiritual) concepts.

“Man does not live by bread alone but by every word of God.”
Choose a translation of the Scripture that sustains and enlivens the thirst of the soul.

“Grinds My Gears…”
Psalm 19
King James Bible or New American Bible?
(From biblegateway.com)

To translate “tabernacle” as “tent” is an irresponsible choice, as it focuses upon the irrelevant aspect of its frame and fails to convey the actual meaning of that word, which is a structure “dedicated to God.”

The second translation of this beautiful psalm is clunky and impoverished, nearly destitute of its original beauty, with much of the original meaning lost in translation. If I attempted to sustain my soul with the word of God using this version of the Bible, I would feel somewhat destitute. Reading the Scripture is meant to be a beautiful experience to be savored, to commune with God. If the poetic and beatific quality is absent, so is the spirit. When I read the first version, I can feel my heart soar in holy exaltation, inclined alongside that same Spirit of the Lord.

“Charity: Selfless Love”
Matthew 6:3-4
“Let not the left hand know what the right hand does…”
An analogy of self-will as our (selfish) left hand, and God’s will as our (upright) right hand. Let us not let our egos take the pride or credit for the giving that is of God. If we take pride in ourselves for the work of God, then we have defeated the purpose of charity and rejected His glory. If I glory in my own self, then I know not the glory of God, nor His love. Only by surrendering the credit to God, where it belongs, do I know his “unmerited” grace. Grace by definition is unmerited, and the only way to fully acknowledge His love, grace, and glory, is to recognize the extent of my own unworthiness; I will never be worthy nor will ever be God. I am meant to accept and enjoy His grace, not usurp it. I am not meant to be self-sufficient, and I am not capable of being “deserving of merit,” because “only God” is good or worthy. I am meant to be humble and dependent, as a child, upon God. Praising God’s limitless love and glorifying Him satisfies that restless craving of my soul. Bolstering my own ego is a mistaken pursuit; I do require praise, but only in truth, to the only One who is righteous.

Libertas: What’s Your Native Tongue?
Unleavened bread is meant to represent our powerlessness to free ourselves from the bondage of slavery. God is the leaven.

“Willingness”
Exodus 33:15 (my fav!)
“If it’s not Your will for me, then I don’t want to do it–especially if it’s something I might want to do!”

“Blessing or Curse”
Cleave unto the Lord…”Let Me In!”
Humbly Walk with God.
Deuteronomy 11:18-25
…It’s probably best to know the context of an excerpt from the Bible, as a single verse may not bestow the intended meaning. One would be responsible to read the rest of the chapter as homework.

“Pray without ceasing…”
1 Thessalonians 5
Understanding the ritual of Communion and the significance of the Eucharist.

When I experience the process of intuiting a deeper spiritual meaning behind daily living, I am elevating my mind’s eye to thoughts of God. I may keep my mind uplifted to His spiritual plane through a selective interpretation of everyday events, seeing the symbolism that He provides as metaphors, as little reminders of His care or as tender mercies during times of distress. I may thus allow the material, tangible, or mundane tasks, like office work, grocery shopping, or the “breaking of bread” to retain spiritual significance, just by the way I view it. Using this this interpretation of the ritual of Communion, as implementing earthly objects to represent Christ’s love and sacrifice, I may learn an instance of how to live as a spiritual being, and keep God and Christ with me in my mind and thoughts always, though what I may seem to be doing might appear to be mundane. I keep intuiting and seeking God’s guidance and messages for me, as a life-line or trail to follow to carry me through the day, and because I seek Him, He is what I see.

It is the use of my imagination and my thought life that I offer to the Lord, for Him to guide my thinking, to be completely immersed in spiritual contemplation and meditation, alongside Jesus and God, in Their path of virtue and character building. I never let my thoughts drift from Them, and They guide me though understanding of the Scriptures all day long, to keep me on the internal, upright and uplifted, path. The way I interpret Communion, as merely a placeholder for the abstract spiritual principles that these components embody ought to serve as an example of how I am meant to look beyond the fleshly material world and cling instead to the life of the Spirit. My cares are evidenced by my thoughts, and most frequently, people are planning or self-seeking rather than living prayerfully. Conscious contact with God is meant to be continuous, as We never cease to pray, but rather, offer to think Our thoughts to God. He listens, and answers.

The single most important fact of my existence is my relationship with God. God Himself is the only thing in which I truly believe, that I actually hold to be real.

“Humble Admission (the gates)”
Job 32:1-6
“I’ll praise You instead of mourning me!”
How should I expect to know the reason for the workings of God? His miracles are beyond my capability to produce, and therefore beyond my ability to explain. As it turned out, Job was upright, and the evils that God incited to befall him had naught to do with being moral or unjust. To claim to know God’s reasons or the extent of His plans is arrogance and deception. If I could explain God’s plans, I would actually be rejecting of God’s majesty and be relying instead upon my own intellect. If could explain God’s ways, then inherently I could not be practicing faith, because faith entails trusting without myself knowing, and “worketh by love.” In fact, seeing how much Job would continue to trust faithfully in Him, even after many calamities, was God’s actual intention.

Acts 16:25-26 (AKJV)
We venerate our crosses, bearing them with a sense of purpose, because they pull us in closer to God by entailing that we rely upon nothing but our faith, which worketh not by logic, nor by the laws of physics, nor by the understanding of man, but by the virtues which are themselves of God, as He fortifies and strengthens our faith, hope, and charity, all under His wing.

“After all the trials and tribulations…”
1 Corinthians 13:13
We emerge from the crucible of this life forged eternal, in the virtues of the Spirit.
13ย And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

“Flying Saucer”๐Ÿ’ 
In the beginning… The Word was with God, and the Word was God. The “word” JAH. Literally, a Word. Think happy thoughts.๐Ÿ–– (-John 1:1)
The eye of Providence has a “calling.”
…Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee, because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the Lord forever, for in the Lord Yahweh is everlasting strength. (-Isaiah 26:1-6)

12 Steps to Heaven!
Properly aligned motives and honest, upright morality, to seek the omnipresent love of the Lord, are prerequisites.

“Water from the Rock”
The Word poureth forth like a river from the tongues of the righteous, sustaining all those who earnestly seek God. The pure-hearted are preserved by the words of love and wisdom from their own mouths.

…just “smitten!”๐Ÿ˜˜

“How may I best serve Thee?”
May I do Thy will always, and not my own!
I come to God and Jesus each morning as a student before a teacher, seeking Their instruction and correction. This is the life I was given by God, and I am to consult my Maker for direction, to be free from sin and the all the evils of a self-directed lifestyle. I ask for noting to my own ends, but rather, ask to be purposed for Their own uses and God’s will, which is of the greatest good and of selfless love. I pray to conform my will to God’s and to act in confluence with Him. I would never come to God and act as if I knew what were best or what would be good for me, but rather, I seek His Own wisdom, and knowledge of His will for me. The greatest meaning comes from seeking to be an instrument of God’s will, and to practice refraining from following self-will.

“Constant Contact: God-Consciousness”
I often like to use the mantra or refrain in the prayers of my thoughts up to God of, “I’m sorry!” This keeps my mind-state pliable and ready for His corrections and interventions. I seek the humility of being and remaining teachable, to avoid the arrogance or disobedience of Original Sin. When I act as if I know best, or like I know what I’m doing, I am become a reproach to the Lord. This character defect, or sin, is, however, a natural human tendency, and so when it happens, I just pull back and apologize to Him for my pride. I may then reaffirm and espouse my trust in Him instead of my own intellect or direction.

“Cleave unto the Lord”
If the goal is to learn and make progress towards improvement, I need to nurture the openness of my heart and mind to be susceptible and receptive to correction. I am to keep self-correcting, to maintain humility before my Creator as His servant, and to desire to make difficult changes in my lifestyle practices and my patterns of thinking, to follow the lead of God’s will and not the alternative of self-will, which entails selfish, sinful, and immoral motives.

“Meditation is a Skill to Practice”
Practicing meditation is not meant to be easy or come naturally. If I were good at something the first time I tried it, it would offer no value for character building. I’m not any good at playing the guitar, but I’ve never given it a fair shot and practiced; meditation, in much the same way, is a skill! It is a necessary skill to practice in order to be aware of and receptive to the urging of the Lord. It is also a valuable tool for practicing self-restraint of thoughts and actions, patience, tolerance, and other virtues and cognitive control functions. Single-pointed meditation, by focusing upon only the idea of God, as the visual image of His Eye in my thoughts, to the exclusion of all other extraneous or tangential ideas, cultivates purposeful focus and concentration in the face of distractors. My purpose in meditating is to steady my mind upon Him as my Rock, and cultivate love towards Him, initially as a choice, or an act of the will, rather than as merely an emotion. Eventually, He reciprocates, and we may work together in generating this sense of agร pฤ“, or charity (in contrast to the Greek love of philos). This agร pฤ“ is eventually quite visceral and can be overpowering. Seeking God Himself directly, as one on one contact, is the only way to access agร pฤ“. God is the only source of this type of love, or rapture.

“The Brain”
When I involve myself in the workings of the material world, I try to look for God, and not to seek any material aspect of this world directly, without first engaging in the filter, or screening system, of “God.” I use the idea of God as a filter in the forefront of my thoughts, and simply decide to look to see God, and not some material object, and I allow myself to then see Him as He would have me, rather than as the world ostensibly appears to be. I regard all of existence as being like a brain with these God-receptors on all the neurons. I look right through everything, beyond all the tangible matter, or neurons, that I see, and instead direct my focus and attention towards these God-receptors within all aspects of existence. In this way, I allow my will for God, to seek Him above all else, to direct my experience with the world. I believe this process of experiencing life on Earth only indirectly, through the buffering or mediation of God’s loving will for us, to be the source of the “tender mercies” which King David described in the Psalms.

“The Second Coming of Christ!”
Clinging onto my own will instead of striving for the openness to abide by the will of God, as willingness or “being ready,” leads to the frustration that is described as “…weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

The “end” is the beginning, as the Alpha is One with the Omega. This material world undergoes a paradigm shift towards the realm of the spirit, wherein we may all live in togetherness, in a singleness of vision, at one with the will of our loving Creator.

Proverbs 15:24
24ย The way of life is above to the wise,
ย ย ย ย that he may depart from hell beneath.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs+15&version=AKJV

A continuation of “The Living Word is our Eucharist”

“Daily Bread”
3/7/17

“It’s the Eye Unlocked”๐ŸŒˆ
The soul of man is a temple of God. This soul is the Eye of Providence, indwelling within each human mind as the moral compass, or the conscience of the Spirit. Except through this gate the path of Heaven cannot be granted, and all who seek Heaven by the path of morality, as to abide by an upright conscience, are granted that which they seek of God.

“The Gates of Heaven”
This Eye is “the path that keeps going.” At the time of one’s death, one may continue on unto eternal life through the soul’s Eye. If one’s conscience is impure or unclean through a lack of contrition for sinful offenses, this gate will not open, and eternal life cannot be accessed. Instead, that soul will perish, or go forth to Hell, or enter purgatory. Upon arrival in Hell or Purgatory, if the soul does not perish immediately therein, one may move on to Heaven by expressing repentance for sin.

…substitute in “Jahweh” for “Jehovah.”
Root word: “I AM.”

“Refraining from Judgement”
When I infer value-based conclusions from my experiences, I am practicing self-will in the form of making judgements or formulating opinions or evaluations that I am not supposed to be making. “Ye, we judge not ourselves,” because to do so would necessitate the absence of faith. To practice faith is to refrain from drawing conclusions or making value-laden (good or bad-valanced estimates of value or worth) observations of myself, others, or my surroundings; rather I try to practice acceptance, as the faith that everything is inherently already okay and taken care of by the hands of God. I refrain from making judgements about God’s creation, God’s plan for me or His other children, and the situations in which I may find myself. Practicing faith means assuming, with a firm assurance and certitude, that all is well, because of my choice to trust in God and His inherent love for all of us. If I ever wonder after what could be “wrong,” start to worry or entertain fears, express disdain for others, or entertain doubts or anxieties, then I have ceased to practice faith, as faith is defined as the absence of doubt.

When I perform my Step 10 spot-check inventories, I check my motives to ensure that my aim or goal is aligned in Hope to conform to the will of God and not my own self-will. I do not evaluate myself as good or bad; rather, I take it as granted that we are all “worthy” by virtue of God’s love. We are all equally “not-God” in His eyes. Working and moving forward from this place of love, the unconditional and unmerited love that can only come by choosing to believe and trust in God, I may continue on in the freedom from the fear, doubts, sins, and evils that are manifested by serving my self-will rather than the will of God, of selfless love, the virtues, higher spiritual principles, and the greater good.

I defer to God’s judgement and my knowledge of His will, from the 12 Step foundational literature, the Bible and the Commandments, and Jesus’s teachings. If I am ever formulating “good-bad” opinions or “like-don’t like” judgements, then this is evidence that I am not practicing faith. Faith entails belief that all is inherently well, and choosing to trust God rather than my own finite and mortal perspective. Faith means believing and trusting without actually knowing, as to know would preclude the opportunity to practice the priceless and eternal virtue of faith. “To know” by the mode of “reason” would entail self-reliance, as dependent upon my own intellect, rather than by the blind, pure faith which is trust in God to the exclusion of all else. “Faith worketh by love,” as I can only have such steadfast and devoted faith by believing in God as perfect love. Only belief in God as unconditional, unmerited love, extended to all, allows one true faith, with the natural freedom from all doubts or reservations; God’s love necessarily extends to all of us.

I could not possibly see the fullness of His plan for me, and to insert my own doubts along His path is to sully or defile the practice of trusting Him through thick and thin, regardless of evils and obstacles. In showing God my devotion and practicing faith as a true child of God, I never doubt His perfection, nor the perfectness of His love for me. In abiding by my faith in this way, I can institute a self-correction at any pitfall, to renew my Step 3 choice to trust in God’s care rather than pursue the folly of self-will or to trust upon the fallacy of self-sufficiency, which is the arrogance of Original Sin. Obedience to God and the path of upright morality is it’s own reward.

“Casting Pearls…” (-Matthew 7:6)
Reliance upon God is the greatest art, and is the essence of fruitful, healthy living.

Once finding the upright path of God’s will and spiritual progress to the Kingdom, one could not possibly turn back to the inferior, selfish, material lifestyle of the flesh. Either I’m moving towards God and with Him, or away from Him in worldly pursuits. There is no comparison between the metaphysical spiritual existence under the wing of the Most High God, and living under the illusory, transitory, vacuous existence fueled by sinful self-direction.

๐Ÿ“•”My Extracted Writings”
2. “Communion”

Communion:
Bible Verses with Running Commentary
๐Ÿ’ฆA continuation of “The Living Word is our Eucharist”

“Daily Bread”

3/7/17
“It’s the Eye Unlocked”๐ŸŒˆ
The soul of man is a temple of God. This soul is the Eye of Providence, indwelling within each human mind as the moral compass, or the conscience of the Spirit. Except through this gate the path of Heaven cannot be granted, and all who seek Heaven by the path of morality, as to abide by an upright conscience, are granted that which they seek of God.

“The Gates of Heaven”
This Eye is “the path that keeps going.” At the time of one’s death, one may continue on unto eternal life through the soul’s Eye. If one’s conscience is impure or unclean through a lack of contrition for sinful offenses, this gate will not open, and eternal life cannot be accessed. Instead, that soul will perish, or go forth to Hell, or enter purgatory. Upon arrival in Hell or Purgatory, if the soul does not perish immediately therein, one may move on to Heaven by expressing repentance for sin.

…substitute in “Jahweh” for “Jehovah.”
Root word: “I AM.”

“Refraining from Judgement”
When I infer value-based conclusions from my experiences, I am practicing self-will in the form of making judgements or formulating opinions or evaluations that I am not supposed to be making. “Ye, we judge not ourselves,” because to do so would necessitate the absence of faith. To practice faith is to refrain from drawing conclusions or making value-laden (good or bad-valanced estimates of value or worth) observations of myself, others, or my surroundings; rather I try to practice acceptance, as the faith that everything is inherently already okay and taken care of by the hands of God. I refrain from making judgements about God’s creation, God’s plan for me or His other children, and the situations in which I may find myself. Practicing faith means assuming, with a firm assurance and certitude, that all is well, because of my choice to trust in God and His inherent love for all of us. If I ever wonder after what could be “wrong,” start to worry or entertain fears, express disdain for others, or entertain doubts or anxieties, then I have ceased to practice faith, as faith is defined as the absence of doubt.

When I perform my Step 10 spot-check inventories, I check my motives to ensure that my aim or goal is aligned in Hope to conform to the will of God and not my own self-will. I do not evaluate myself as good or bad; rather, I take it as granted that we are all “worthy” by virtue of God’s love. We are all equally “not-God” in His eyes. Working and moving forward from this place of love, the unconditional and unmerited love that can only come by choosing to believe and trust in God, I may continue on in the freedom from the fear, doubts, sins, and evils that are manifested by serving my self-will rather than the will of God, of selfless love, the virtues, higher spiritual principles, and the greater good.

I defer to God’s judgement and my knowledge of His will, from the 12 Step foundational literature, the Bible and the Commandments, and Jesus’s teachings. If I am ever formulating “good-bad” opinions or “like-don’t like” judgements, then this is evidence that I am not practicing faith. Faith entails belief that all is inherently well, and choosing to trust God rather than my own finite and mortal perspective. Faith means believing and trusting without actually knowing, as to know would preclude the opportunity to practice the priceless and eternal virtue of faith. “To know” by the mode of “reason” would entail self-reliance, as dependent upon my own intellect, rather than by the blind, pure faith which is trust in God to the exclusion of all else. “Faith worketh by love,” as I can only have such steadfast and devoted faith by believing in God as perfect love. Only belief in God as unconditional, unmerited love, extended to all, allows one true faith, with the natural freedom from all doubts or reservations; God’s love necessarily extends to all of us.

I could not possibly see the fullness of His plan for me, and to insert my own doubts along His path is to sully or defile the practice of trusting Him through thick and thin, regardless of evils and obstacles. In showing God my devotion and practicing faith as a true child of God, I never doubt His perfection, nor the perfectness of His love for me. In abiding by my faith in this way, I can institute a self-correction at any pitfall, to renew my Step 3 choice to trust in God’s care rather than pursue the folly of self-will or to trust upon the fallacy of self-sufficiency, which is the arrogance of Original Sin. Obedience to God and the path of upright morality is it’s own reward.

“Casting Pearls…” (-Matthew 7:6)
Reliance upon God is the greatest art, and is the essence of fruitful, healthy living.

Once finding the upright path of God’s will and spiritual progress to the Kingdom, one could not possibly turn back to the inferior, selfish, material lifestyle of the flesh. Either I’m moving towards God and with Him, or away from Him in worldly pursuits. There is no comparison between the metaphysical spiritual existence under the wing of the Most High God, and living under the illusory, transitory, vacuous existence fueled by sinful self-direction.

“Nous: The Eye (-Matthew 6:22)”
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nous
“Theoria”
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theoria#Eastern_Orthodox_Catholic_and_Eastern_Catholic_Churches
“Theosis”
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theosis_(Eastern_Christian_theology)
“Nepsis”
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nepsis

3/8/17
“H.O.W.”
“Honesty”
Without absolute 100% honesty, there can be no progress towards God’s will. This prerequisite should go without saying.

“Willingness means Obedience”
Willingness could be described as “a lack of resistance.” I am finding that it can also be understood as “obedience.” I strive to do what I know to be right, rather than what my own selfish desires would have me do. In this way, I strive to be willing to follow my understanding of God’s will, under any and all circumstances, without any resistance caused by ego or self-will, as the negative attitude of defiance or the rejection of God’s will as the best choice.

“Openness”
I try to keep a looseness to my attitude and expectations, clinging only to God as my constant source of steadiness, and I remain open to any and all changes in God’s plan for me. I supply the provision of faith in God as love as my only bedrock, or source of stabilization, and then all else in my life may fall away or shift like sand, but I’m still firmly planted upon my Rock.

“Visual Imagery and an Analogy”
I enjoy the idea of “David’s slingshot,” as a source of inspiration for the AA Step 3 practice of “Let Go and Let God.” This is a way to try to practice faith by trusting in God and not myself or any other faulty sources of security. I try to remind myself that, in striving to be a channel of God, it is my job to be like the slingshot; I am to pull back and put my trust, or my stone, in God, but it is not my job to actually try to throw the rock with the strength of my own arm, or to try to force life to bend to my will or inclination for the rock. My job as the slingshot, or the instrument of God, is to let go and let the slingshot exert its own force. This system of channeling God is predicated upon faith in God actually following through on the other side. I am just to pull back and let the mechanics and physics of God’s own system, of His holy device, do His work as He calls the shots.

“My Only Aim”
Hope is defined as the expectation of divine union with God.

“Channel of God”
Another neat analogy for channeling God is the imagery of the ionotropic receptor in neurotransmission. My job as the channel is not to place each molecule on the other side of the membrane by hand, but rather, to just to loosen up and let the system of God flow and follow its own workings. In channeling God I must seek Him, and then step out of the way to let Him determine and fulfill the directives of His system.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ligand-gated_ion_channel

3/9/17
“Get’s My Goat…”
I can’t help but feel like targeting Pontius Pilate by name in the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed is an act of sinful human arrogance and the issuing of blame. It seems like the intention here is to shift the weight of sin off of our own shoulders by placing it upon someone else’s, and thus defer responsibility for our shared human shortcomings. Why would not simply, “Roman Rule” suffice? What exactly are we saying here in pointing the finger?

Jesus died for our sins, not just those of Pontius Pilate. Although targeting him may help us feel better about ourselves, deferring the blame blinds us to our own humanity and sinfulness, and blocks us off from honesty about our own true human nature, repentance and contrition for our sins, and then the ensuing recompense for penitence, which is the salvation of God.

We are all inherently sinful, because none of us are God. Only God is good, and only God is truly righteous. Admitting my own weaknesses places me where I ought to be, as oriented towards God (and not my fellows), and in a position of deference and humble submission to serve His will. If I do not admit my inherently sinful nature, I cannot so humble myself as to seek to perform His will instead of self-will. My own self-will is the only natural alternative to God’s will, and using my free will to serve myself instead of God is, in fact, the root of all evil. I strive for obedience to follow the behest of the Spirit rather than the carnal instincts of the self, of the flesh.

If I do not think that I am a sinful person of my own self, as when self-directed, then I am rejecting Christ’s sacrifice for me on the cross. He died to demonstrate to me the sinfulness and folly of my own ways, of self-will, as doing what I want to do, instead of following the direction of His example and His teachings. Jesus died to show us that we ought to be seeking to abide by God’s will and not our own ways, as the only true path to God’s salvation.

We are all equal in God’s Eyes, as we are all equally “not-God.” We are all equal in our natural state of humanness and mortality when self-directed, of evils, sins and shortcomings, although we may differ in our progress along Christ’s path of humility and self-honesty, and thus, the naturally ensuing recognition of our need for the guidance and care of the Lord.

“Locus of Control”
My orientation, or locus of control, is God. Any other understanding of the influences of the world is short-sighted and liable to corruption, either from external and environmental influences, or from internal and self-based influences. I focus my mind’s eye upon my understanding of God as love to pull me through the course of the day, and all its grief and tribulation. In this way, I am Rock-steady against the impulsive urgings of self-will, of selfish, sinful desires or instant gratification, and external influences, as the evil intentions of others and the vanity, or emptiness, of the non-spiritual or purely material world.

I defer to God for council and assurance, trusting in His inspiration, through His calming influence over my own thoughts, to guide me through life’s obstacles on an upright path or morality and adherence to my conscience by aligning to the virtues.

I acquiesce to my understanding of God’s will and what is righteous, or morally upright, based upon the dictates of my conscience and the teachings of the Bible. The difference between sin and virtue is obvious to anyone, but to strengthen my own footing on this path, of Christ’s teachings and example, I practice prudent decision-making based upon my own understanding of the Scripture firsthand, by reading it myself rather than taking the lazy route and following the advice of another person. As humans, people are inherently sinful, which is why I must trust God and the Scripture directly, rather than taking a sinful “cliff’s notes” route, trusting in man, and being misled by someone who may have corrupt motives, perhaps of making a ego-driven or monetary profit.

I am not meant to compare myself to my peers, but to seek the example of Jesus as the best path to follow to the Kingdom. The only way to do this is to practice trusting God directly, and reading the Word firsthand, so that I know for myself. The idea of not being “surety” for any other man is crucial here. As children of God, we are meant to rely upon God Himself directly, and we are not meant to mislead each other into mistakenly believing that we need any human power. If I encourage someone to rely upon me, then I am robbing that person of the grace bestowed only by relying directly upon God. If I ever entice someone to depend upon me instead of upon God, then I have overstepped my place in the Eyes of the Lord, and must take steps to humble myself and reaffirm my true standing before God, which is being, of myself, merely human and utterly powerless.

“Faith without Works…”
Demonstrating obedience to the will of God, as expressed by His Word, is the way by which we are set free from Original Sin. If we do not practice faith by following the instructions, or the path, laid out by Jesus, then we reject that same Christ as our Lord, and thus, choose sin over salvation.

“…Is Dead.”
I suddenly feel very much alive.

I would define faith as the firm certitude and soft assurance that God’s loving presence is here already. It is precisely this love that I receive from God that fuels my willingness to abide by His will and not my own. Telling God how much I love Him in my thoughts, all day long, is the only power capable of keeping me on the straight and narrow upright path of Christ.

Faith in God is only possible if I believe that He is perfect love, extended to literally every being without condition. In this way, there is no room for any doubt that He might withhold His love from me. If I endorse the belief that God is perfect, then He is perfect love. If God is perfect love, then it would be disrespectful, and in fact heretical, to think that He might not extend love, care, and salvation to us all.

“Kenosis”
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenosis

“Task Force”
Applying my heart, or the mind’s eye, directly to the specifications of the gospel, or God’s will, to create an inner-Tabernacle of the soul, abiding precisely by His holy specifications, as an homage of devotion.

“Soli Deo Gloria:” Only for God.
“Welcome Home” to my heart; a life of devotion, consecrated unto God.๐Ÿ˜‡

3/10/17

Exodus 17
“The Fellowship”๐Ÿ“ฃ
In this passage, the perils of a group mentality are apparent. The children have just been delivered out of slavery from Egypt by many miracles, works, and wonders wrought of the Lord, but they still chose to doubt and question God. He has just answered their prayers and freed them from oppression to make them a people of His Own, yet they act as though it were His will that they should perish. These people are of an uncircumcised, or a hardened, heart, as they will not open themselves to the belief that the Lord is looking out for them with love. These children will not trust God and let Him into their hearts, but rather, follow after their own misgivings and wayward devices.

“The One”๐Ÿ””
One little pitfall in the path, and this pack loses all faith in what God has promised them, resorting to their own devious accusations and scoldings toward Moses. These children choose not to trust their leader, and go so far as to claim that they were better off under the yoke of Pharaoh. Such treachery from the very children the Lord is attempting to save and deliver has been a motif in our history of the human race, and represents a failure to learn. The roadblock here is not the lack of water, but the lack of faith or trust in God. Without loyalty, one cannot know of true fellowship or brotherhood, because as soon as an obstacle arises, they defer to their own ways, despite their lack of any knowledge of foresight, and succumb to that same arrogance that is Original Sin.

“The Lord of…”๐ŸŒŠ๐ŸŒˆ
The greatest truth and the greatest lesson is to learn how to love. All real love, as being unconditional and universal, is always only ever founded upon trust. To love and to trust are one and the same. Only God Himself is perfectly able to be trusted and infallibly able to fulfill our faith. God is perfect and He will always prevail. The trust and love one has for God is meant to serve as the foundation, or backbone, for all of our fallible human relationships. I can trust my fellows without worry, because I am already, first and foremost, putting my trust in God. If man ever let’s me down, it doesn’t affect me, because I place my relationship with God first, as the ultimate source of all security and satisfaction. Given God’s perfect nature, if one cannot trust God, then one cannot trust anyone, and if one is not willing to trust anyone, then one inherently cannot be trusted, as trust is a mutual exchange. Thus, in order to be capable of any sort of healthy, loving, mutual relationship with mankind, one must first be able to trust, which power only ever comes from our intended primary relationship, which is with God. Humans are fallible, and eventually, we will let each other down. This is natural, as we’re not perfect and we’re not meant to be; however, this is a blessing, because otherwise we would not have the opportunity to rely upon our Maker. I am not meant to rely upon other imperfect humans for the perfect trust and fidelity I crave, because that’s God’s job, not theirs. I am meant to place my trust in God, because only the Almighty is powerful enough to be depended upon perfectly.

“Rings True”๐Ÿ“œ
Only by placing my trust in God is true love possible, and only with this trust in God am I then capable of being in a healthy mutual relationship, or working in true partnership with my fellows. As a people, we can all work together in unity, because we all get what we need from God directly rather than from each other. No one is scrambling to the top of the heap, and no one gets left behind, because we are not competing with each other for the proper care, security, or provisions. No human power could possibly fulfill the inborn need of every man to be at one with his Creator, and with this need met by God, we are finally free to live at peace with each other, as He had intended all along.

The only thing I actually need is God.๐Ÿ’™

“One Nation (IFF) Under God”๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ’ฆ
Finally, with the singleness of purpose and unity of vision supplied by God’s almighty will of universal love for all life, we may help each other work in cooperation towards a common effort. The rod of Moses is really having the effect, but a little scaffolding helps to support the structure that is each man’s own temple. In unity under God, all of us being equals only under God, we can finally make forward progress towards the best course of action as an entire people, moving onwards and upwards under the only truly worthy and perfect leadership: God’s.

โ˜ฆ๏ธThe Lord is my refuge.๐Ÿ’ 

“… A Book by its Cover”
There’s a reason for the exclamation of the angel, “Fear not…”

“Liberty and Justice…”
Living free from our human-based fear, and in peace and security under the wing of the Almighty, is God’s loving will for us. Love is the absence of fear, as “perfect love casteth out all fear…” (1 John 4:18).

“The Seventh Gift Unsealed”โšœ๏ธ
“Fear of the Lord” is reverential deference, to take heed of His might and abide by His will, based upon the fear of straying from His presence, and the desire to please Him. Fear is best explained in terms of a motivational theory, as a driving force, motive, or impetus. One’s “fear,” or driving instinct or propulsion, will be a fear of or desire for something–the only righteous choice is to submit to the fear of the Lord. I’m going to be a “slave” to some sort of fear, desire, inertia, or “Master,” so let it be the loving God who has created us all. Simply, “to please the Lord” is the only truly righteous and honorable reason, or motive, for undertaking any endeavor. “To glorify the Lord,” is the greatest aspiration and achievement of man, and is the beginning of the path to true fulfillment.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_gifts_of_the_Holy_Spirit

“Lucky Number”๐ŸŒ 
This “Seventh Gift of the Holy Spirit” is the means by which all the other Gifts are accessed, wherein we may live peaceably and harmoniously alongside the Lord God.

“Spiritual Bounty”๐Ÿ’ฆ
The love of the Lord, as agรกpฤ“, and His endless river of wisdom and knowledge, is the essence of fruitful living, and the only truly satisfying rewards of diligent labor.

3/11/17
“O Ye of Little Faith!”

“Solid Ground”๐Ÿ—ฝ
God is the only thing in which I trust. I have found that in reaching for truly solid ground, and a firm foundation for sustainable living, the spiritual world of abstract values and virtues, which is accessed only through thought and belief, is far more stable and reliable than the tangible material world, which is accessed through physical sensation or the flesh.

The bedrock of my existence is only ever stable to the extent that I put my trust and my belief in what is actually real, in the power of God alone, to the exclusion of any and all aspects of worldly, material, or purely physical existence, or the world as it ostensibly appears if devoid of values.

I relinquish worldly attachments through the art and lifetime endeavor of practicing my faith in things spiritual, not material. When I take a step out onto the Earth, I do not believe that it is real, in any practical sense of the word “real.” I believe that I am being held up by the power of God, not by the power of the Earth. I do not act based upon my faith that the Earth will hold me up, but upon my faith that God will hold me up. I do not trust in things material, I trust in things spiritual, or in the Unseen Power of God, as an all-powerful force interwoven throughout all the fabric of existence, sustaining the world as we know it empirically, or through the senses.

I could walk on water only to the extent that I believe in God and not the water. If I put my trust in God, before and ahead of purely physical or material existence, then there is no difference between water and dry land. This type of spiritual existence, as through the internal, introspective intuition of God’s presence and the inward perception of the Spirit, rather than by human self-reliance upon my own physical perception of the overt material world, is the essence of being a true believer. I believe in God first and foremost, and all other aspects of existence are purely tangential, or reliant upon His power. In this way, by being a belief-based creature rather than a physically-based creature, I may be uncircumcised of heart, and thus lay myself vulnerable and prone to the influence of the Almighty, without the interference of doubt or a breach of my trust in Him, as with “no gods before Him.”

“The Golden Retriever”๐ŸŽ–
When I put my trust in God’s loving hands, rather than my own short-sighted mortal perceptions, then I am endowed, only by virtue of my faith, with the ability to step foot upon any type of terrain and still find solid ground, even upon the fires of Hell. The Lord rejoices more over the conversion of the wicked than over the preservation of the good. It is not the will of God than any soul should perish, but that all souls may find their way into His fold, embraced by His will of perfect love. Would not the Shepard go to any lengths to rescue the stray lamb back to the herd?

Prayer of Fรกtima๐ŸŽš
“Amen. O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those most in need of Thy mercy. Amen.”
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fรกtima_Prayers

“The Law of the Lord is Love”
Deuteronomy 6:1-9

“Necessity Is…”๐Ÿ•ฏ
I would rather exist with one eye than fail to live up to the will of the Lord. I could not possibly exist with a clean conscience if I were not to reach out my hand to one in need, or forsake my understanding of what is right, even if only in the interest of self-preservation. There would be no self worth preserving if I did not abide by what I believed to be the right thing to do, and if I sacrificed myself in so doing, I would die happy and in good comfort of God’s love.

“…The Mother of Invention”๐Ÿ’ก
It is the belief in God, God as Love even, that preserves the soul in the face of any and all adversity. The mortal being puts on immortality, and suffers corruption to know incorruptibility. All this is possible, as a miracle, only by God, but moreover, with this active belief in God’s power, the conversion of the soul from evil to good is not only possible, it is necessary, as the inevitable consequence of the power and will of God, unhindered and unleashed.

“Self-Sacrifice”๐Ÿ”ฅ
Wealth, or material riches, is only ever direct evidence of the absence of charity. Furthermore, charity does not actually mean merely the giving of transitory, material goods, but the sacrifice of self.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charity_(virtue)

“A Life Worth Living”๐Ÿ“ฏ
I am fulfilled in any and all of my endeavors to the exact extent that I do not veer from my understanding of God’s will and from my adherence to virtuous motives and an upright conscience. Whatever I may do, if I do it for God, through God, and with God, I know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that, necessarily, “it is good.”

“Lenten Fasting”
Isaiah 58:8-14 (Isaiah 58:14-14)

“Veritatem Dilexi”๐Ÿบ
If ever I seek to serve my own needs or petty whims, after having experienced the glory of serving the Lord, I am left utterly despondent and disenchanted with life. The contrast is simply too stark and my own self a prospect too bleak to propitiate. My joy is only ever to honor the Lord, from whence commeth my help and salvation.

“Zion the Monument”
Isaiah 59:17-20 (Isaiah 59:19)

“Reanimation”๐Ÿ˜‡
The Sun rising from the west, symbolic of the resurrection, serves as a beacon of hope to the hopeless and poor in spirit. My hope is not in myself, but in the Lord.

“In Good Time”
Isaiah 60:19-22

“Qui Transtulit Sustinet”โšฑ๏ธ
In placing my trust in God to sustain me, rather than in fleeting, worldly resources, I may experience the only truly sustainable and satisfying living. “Real life” only ever comes from the one single permanent and inexhaustible Source of life for my eternal soul, which is the cultivation, provision, and nurturing hand of the Father directly.

“Sword of the Spirit”
Ephesians 6:10-20

“Paper Cuts”๐Ÿ›ก
The word of the God is double-edged, as any rebuke I read or summon to mind is always just as applicable to me as to anyone else. Accepting my pitfalls, mistakes, and pains, and humbly asking for forgiveness for my shortcomings, is an avenue to a reservoir of endless relief. Accepting responsibility for my faults without blaming anyone else allows me the contrition and repentance necessary for the direct access to Your healing grace.

“Humility and I AM.”โš”๏ธ
The saving grace and sheltering wing I crave is only ever available to me when I sink low enough in desperation of my own powerlessness and lack of resources to recognize my need for God Himself, and a miracle of intercession by His handiwork.

“Yahweh Root Word”๐ŸŒณ
Just trying “to be,” may be a task for which God is uniquely qualified, if I can maintain the humility, or meekness of Spirit, to allow Him the room in my heart to take the lead.

“My Favorite!”
1 Corinthians 13

“To Be, or Not To Be…”๐Ÿฅ€ (-Hamlet)
And now abideth my eternal soul, under God’s care. Without charity, I am nothing. Under this new truth and everlasting condition, The Great Commandment takes on a whole new world of meaning. This new foothold upon life creates a wonderful new dimension of gravity, centered within the openness of my heart and mind, and resting solely upon God’s Own divine love.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Commandment

Sunday 3/12/17

“The Prodigal Son”
Luke 15:3-10; 18-32

“The Uncorrected Error”โœ๏ธ
Oftentimes, when we think of the Prodigal Son Story, we marvel at the wonders of the Father’s boundless mercy and forgiveness for His wayward and erring boy. We may even derive a secret satisfaction for noticing how our own errors have never been so egregious as those sins of the prodigal son! Just this type of thinking is the sin to which this story is meant to attract our attention, and is the true moral of the story. Who actually sinned in this parable? Well, everyone, actually, save for the Father. The lesson we are meant to derive from this tale actually comes from the elder son, and not from the prodigal son. The elder child sinned most bitterly when he held a resentment against his brother in his heart, and was not glad for his safe return. This elder boy was filled with strife, resentment, envy, and disloyalty towards the Law of loving our brethren and only ever wanting the best for them. This elder boy mirrors most readers of this story; “How dare he! I’ve never made such errors and no one ever celebrated for me!” This is the bitterness of heart, the envy, pride, ego, and self-will or preoccupation with self-interest, that cuts us off from the love of the Father and fulfilling His Law.

“Adopted?”๐Ÿ“
This elder son is meant to mirror myself, as the reader or audience of this parable. “I’m not that bad, his sins are worse, and why should he get more than me!” This natural human reaction of my ego is the most devastating handicap, as the sin of resentment. Resentment is often coupled with the sin of shifting the weight of my own blame onto my brother, thus enabling vice within myself by allowing me to neglect my own path of virtue, and to make excuses for my own sinful actions.

“To Thine Own Self…” (-Polonius)๐ŸŽญ
This reaction of sin is the deferring of responsibility for my faults onto another. In focusing upon my resentment and judging his sins, rather than being merciful and compassionate like the Father, I am blinding myself to those same human limitations within myself, as my standing in God’s eyes in inherently equal with that of my prodigal brother, and my own need for that same forgiveness from God the Father is no less in me than in anyone else.

“Under the Big Top”๐ŸŽฉ
As a human race, we are all equal in our sins, they just happen to manifest differently. When I judge another for His sins, perhaps because they are more glaring, I have made a classic error and a very commonly overlooked sin to God; I have judged my brother rather than loved him, as God has commanded me to love.

“This Above All…” (-Polonius)๐ŸŒ“
Harboring resentments towards another, and deriving a sick satisfaction for gloating over my own sense of superiority, are both indications that I have veered from the path of God’s will, of righteousness and humility, and been led into temptation by my own ego, arrogance, and self-will, exactly conforming to the disobedience of the great transgression, of Original Sin.

“One Will I Serve”๐Ÿคนโ€โ™€๏ธ
When I serve my own ego’s needs rather than the will of God, I have turned from His path and His will of unconditional love. This is exactly the secret fault that I am meant to have originally overlooked, and now finally realize. In understanding the folly of my ways, and how no one is capable of being beyond correction, nor is anyone capable of living sin-free without outside help, I may bow down in humility. I have sinned and I never knew! I didn’t realize that sinning with my thoughts and my heart against my brother was sinning against God, by violating His Law and His Commandments, to love all the brethren.

“Mirror, Mirror… Oh Wait!”๐ŸŽ
This realization and this fact of human nature, of inherent sinfulness, is not meant to shame me nor to punish me. This good hard look in the mirror is simply meant to inspire an honest self-appraisal. Self-honesty means recognizing that I am in need of forgiveness and correction to the same exact extent as each one of my brothers, as we are all equally not-God, and thus, all equal in our natural mortal tendency of sin. I am human. I must admit my natural tendency to err and my standing as being inherently fallible and subordinate to God, and therefore in need of the Lord’s loving reproof and correction.

“The Writing is On/Off the Wall”๐Ÿ”ฆ
The intended lesson of this parable is to realize that we all judge, we all sin, and we all make mistakes. We are all equal and united in our shortcomings and inferiority with respect to the Lord’s perfection, and our strength and salvation is in learning humility under God, alongside each other.

“The Moral of the Tale”
Luke 17:1-4

“A Choice is Chosen”๐ŸŒน
To choose to forgive is my responsibility as a child of God, to fulfill His Law, as the Commandments, but to actually forgive is only ever the power of the Father. Thus, I must be diligent in prayer and singleness of vision, to persist in His ideals until He fulfills His promise according to His time.

Matthew 5:21-26

“True Love:๐Ÿฅ€The Bible is not a Fairy Tale”
To love the Lord, one must love the children of the Lord, and keep one’s heart and soul undefiled by the stains of sin and resentment, which is caused by an inability to forgive. If I wish to be at one with the will of God, I must act upon the will of God. I must deferentially admit and recognize my own powerlessness to live free from sin, and my inability to forgive of my own power. The effect of this crucial choice to forgive only comes to fruition when worked as faith, as in conjunction with my own humble supplication to God for His forgiveness for my own sinful resentment, and with my plea for His help to actualize His will of love as my real forgiveness towards those who have harmed me. Thus, I, as any human and child of God, must continuously reaffirm my status as a dependent of the Lord, and constantly seek both His forgiveness for my sins of indignation, and His help, for the power to love and forgive. The power to love and express mercy only ever comes from God.

“And Sgt. Pepper”๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒŽ
The salt and savor of our life on Earth is in realizing this power and limitless love from God, as an unmerited gift to His children. If I do not realize the source of this savor and richness of life, if I do not attempt to follow and channel God’s will rather than self-will, then there is no goodness or source of savor in being alive. If I, as the salt, have lost my flavor or connectedness to God in serving His will of goodness, then there is no other means by which to know goodness, or to enjoy good living.

“Strength is to Sit Still” (Isaiah 30:7)
Isaiah 30:8-18; 27-33

“Rock of Zion”๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿ—ป๐Ÿ’ฆ
“This too shall pass,” if you let it pass by you, rather than acting out of the ego’s imperious urge towards sin or temptation. In clutching close to the Rock, as my own personal understanding of God within my mind’s eye, I may be kept safe and sound upon the dry land of an inward peace. In cultivating this connection with God, as an intimate human relationship unique to each individual, then I may, always and without fail, find refuge, even in the most dire and devastating of circumstances.

“Strait and Narrow”๐Ÿ”ฑ
God is my Rock and my refuge, the temple of my fortress within, and a very present help in danger. The art of clinging to this stronghold of God within, as merely the idea of Him and His will to love and care for us no matter what, is my practice of faith and trust, and my job in this life as I go through my day of worldly distraction. As I meditate upon God and His guidance through spiritual contemplation, with a focus upon the overarching ideals embedded within the Scriptures, I find adaptive serenity in any environment, despite any outward tumult, and amidst any level of seeming calamity. I am not to look to the left nor to the right to indulge in temptation and entertain sinful doubts. Any such sinful doubts, as worries, fears, or anxieties, only ever evidence a breach of my faith and trust in God’s care. So long as I seek to abide by the will of the Father, acting responsibly and with love, then there is nothing more that I can do, and so there is no use in worrying nor is there any cause for fear. Growing in my realization of His care and love is the beauty of this journey of life, and the path out of the human bondage of the ego, or the vanity of self-based fear. As I stumble along God’s path, as any child will in the natural progression and course of learning, I must immediately remedy my defiant act of self-will, by expressing repentance for indulging in the naรฏvetรฉ of my own ego or in sinful material concerns, and then refocus upon God and His love. I am not to cater to vanity, or the vacuous and empty needs of my own selfishness and sinful ego, as “myself,” if serving my own finite self rather than the infinite and immortal God. In fastening my “self,” as my will and my soul, onto God, and applying my heart to His Rock like spackle, I may grow eternally, as grafted onto Him and fashioned after His divine will for me.

Matthew 7:21-27
Laertes:๐Ÿคธโ€โ™€๏ธ
“Most humbly do I take my leave, my lord.”

“The Host with the Most”๐ŸŒฟ
Psalm 47

“Praise and Raise”๐Ÿ•Š
Psalm 50

“Plot This Graft”๐ŸŒณ
Isaiah 61

“Pursuit of Happiness”๐Ÿ‚๐ŸŒฑ
I cannot manage to lift my eyes but for the sake of the Lord. I might despair over my own powerlessness to remedy my human condition, but I immediately thereafter repent of my selfish, morose indulgence of the ego. As soon as I tell Him I’m sorry for not being of better cheer, I feel a wave of relief and immediate comfort in admitting my fault. Truly, the only failsafe remedy to any of my human or emotional ailments is only ever to apologize, and then praise the Lord! It works every time when all other methods prove futile. The difficulty in repairing my perspective on life is in wresting my own sinful and despairing self-will from the cockpit of my soul, and surrendering the pilot seat over to the Captain. It can often be a dire struggle to summon the courage to let go, but as I loosen my grip upon my own vision, God slowly but surely provides a better attitude and outlook, corresponding to His love. My desolation is suddenly aglow with His presence and an outpouring of tender mercies, as little buoys to uplift my Eye in the hope of God’s Own making. As soon as I think of the Lord as He would have me, with the reliance of love and a sense of hope and trust, the joy of living slides right back into my heart. Clinging to gratitude and praises towards God always rescues me, setting my heart aloft in love, and delivering my soul, by pulling me right through all my hardships and upwards, straight towards Him. God’s salvation is the only solution truly worth pursuing. Practical penance is the humble praise of a meek and beckoning Spirit, open to the eager intercession of our loving Provider.

Love does not fly solo.โค๏ธ๐Ÿš€๐Ÿ’™

Monday 3/13/17

“The Lowly and Humble of Spirit”
Matthew 5:1-12

“A Room of One’s Own with a Woolf”๐Ÿ•
I am supposed to be honest about my shortcomings and inadequacies. This fact of my own inferiority, if I am really honest with myself, is God’s honest truth, and He’s waiting for me to be courageous enough to admit it. Admitting my own ignorance and my inherent weakness of sin is actually my strength, because it is the necessary action on my part to set right my relation and standing with God.

“It Was Meet Virginia”๐ŸŒ‚
When I give up on myself, the part of me that keeps going, by the fuel of courage, is God’s strength. Letting God into my heart to tame my wayward Spirit, and to learn to bestow the same lovingkindness that He showers upon me, is God’s will for all of His children. I must appear somewhat lowly, debased, and wretched in my own eyes if I am being truly honest with myself, because only God the Father is truly good.

“Saint Francis and the Woolf”โ˜‚๏ธ
To see myself in any other light than of wretchedness and inability is a sin of haughty arrogance, and presupposes my own self in the throne that only God could possibly fill, and only God is ever meant to occupy. In recognizing my weakness is the coming of my only real strength–His! Because God demands such rigorous honesty to work in confluence with Him, as to follow His orders and instructions instead of my own ignorance and lack of foresight, I must thoroughly understand my own state of helplessness and hopelessness, of my own self, as He created me. God will not enable the vanity and emptiness of my ego, self-deception, immorality, or the inequity wrought of my own pride and selfishness. Humbling myself by being truthful with myself, as I stand in relation to Him, is my strength, because it allows me to know the only true might and power, which is only ever that of God the Father Himself. The more deeply and thoroughly I delve into my own utter powerlessness as a creature of dust and ash, as merely of His own will and making, the more I can know the beauty of God. He will respect my honesty and step in to provide the care and protection I require. I will not know God’s grace if my ego flaunts itself falsely as being of itself capable of any effect, which only ever indicates my condemnation and arrogant denial of God and His All-powerful status as our Creator.

“Veneration Reserved for God”
Matthew 11:28-30

“Heart Eye’s Up Soul: Eternal Coffer”
Matthew 6:19-25

“Occupied Territory”โ˜”๏ธ
God is jealous, in that I cannot properly serve Him if I place any other priorities ahead of Him, or even alongside Him. “God or nothing” might be His stance on His leadership position, because if ever I pursue any other objective, it is implied that I am questioning God’s authority and His care; this insubordination also means that God’s standing in the hierarchy of my thoughts and cares gets knocked down a few pegs in importance, with the result of a diminished capacity for love. There is no leeway for sin or my own mortal authority in God’s plan and in God’s will. I choose to serve God only to the exclusion of all other endeavors, and I trust His goodwill and care over my own shortsighted mortality.

“Protection”๐Ÿ’ฆ
As a circumscribed Spirit, relying upon none of my own resources but solely upon the power and protection of God, He occupies the forefront of my mind, heart and soul, and Himself serves as my armor. God serves as my un-circumscription and envelops me in His love beyond limitation, as His own power without any restriction and allotted beyond measure to the Spirit.

“The Real Riches of Solomon”
Proverbs 1:1-9

“Spiritual Evolution: God Has Freewill Too”
Matthew 6:29-34

“One Day At A Time”๐Ÿ’ง(-from “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,” an AA Devotional)
My boon and bounty for the day comes from humbling myself in my own sight, so that I am cognizant of my own ignorance, in order to rightly seek and be receptive to instruction, learning, and spiritual growth. The claim of Socrates, “All I know is that I know nothing,” is an appropriate claim when I situate myself so as to regard my standing in light of God’s omnipotence, rather than in regard to my standing among my fellows. I do not look at the world judging or comparing myself with the brethren, or oriented towards earthly relationships and matters of the flesh. First and foremost, I orient myself towards the Father, and only after I have firmly latched onto my understanding of Him will I allow myself to relate to any other part of this world. In this way, I may maintain an honest humility, as being powerless, ash, nothingness, and ignorant next to God, but inherently always equal, regardless of appearances, when next to my fellows.

“Nous Is Also French For We”โ„๏ธ
The more I fix my “nous,” as the mind’s eye, or understanding, upon God and above earthly or corporeal concerns, the more I allow God to filter my perceptions in the accurate light of His Own judgement, rather than my own ego-derived, and therefore faulty, appraisals of this life. Relying upon my own judgements always precludes and nullifies faith in God’s plan for me, and cuts me off from relying upon Him, in favor of my own self-derived and limited knowledge, intellect, and reason. Relying upon God’s limitless knowledge and infinite power is only achieved by faith, as by forsaking my own capacity to accomplish success in any endeavor. I blindly trust in God’s unfailing love instead of my own faulty and mortal limitations.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nous

Matthew 11:25-27

“Blessed Be the Weak”๐ŸŒฌ
Only through the instruction of Christ, by the Son, by His example of self-sacrifice and charitable love, will anyone arrive upon knowledge of God the Father. As I remove my own self-importance from my mind, and allow wisdom, as the desire for God and spiritual progress, to take the place of my ego, or self-direction and a untruthful sense of self-righteousness, then I develop the humility to follow Christ. The “desperate cases” at the dregs of society are actually in better standing with the Lord, perhaps because we are not blinded by material distractions to our own shortcomings, inabilities, and need for the instruction and intervention only of God.

Truth: โ˜ƒ๏ธ
Human honesty can only ever admit weakness. The truth will set you free!

“Those Darn Stoners!”
John 8:31-32

Tuesday 3/14/17
“Nous Spiritual Elevation”
John 8:23

“Of Myself I Am Nothing…” (John 8:28-30)
John 8:28-49

“Fleur-De-Lis” โ˜๏ธ๐Ÿฐโ˜๏ธ
I resolutely affirm my own essence of self, as my own ego if experienced and understood in the absence of God, to be likened unto a prison, and a bottomless pit of endless sorrow, misery, and heartache. The sword of the Spirit cuts through flesh and soul, differentiating the spiritual from the purely physical. I, as a creation of God, and not myself God. When I look at myself with rigorous and truly thorough honesty, to regard my self only in the light of truth, I am forced to admit that my own self, if apart from my knowledge of God, is utterly desolate and rife with evilness, as self-hatred, self-pity, sadness, and misery.

“Ponce de Lรฉon et un Pouncing Lion”โ›ฒ๏ธ
My experience of this world, as its material aspect if perceived apart from a higher spiritual perspective (which contains an elevation towards the idea of God, and the abstracted spiritual qualities of virtue), has only ever been that of wretchedness, injustice, debasement, pain, and sorrow. The bottomless pit is the depth of my own soul as I would exist if outside the care of God. The more I know of this world, the more convinced I am of it’s inherently evil and vacuous, or empty, nature. I am also convinced that my own self, if in isolation and apart from my understanding of God, is no different or less wretched than any other part of this earthly, empty, vacuous, and purely material existence of vanity.

“Bottomless and Topless”๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿปโš”๏ธ
My immersion into the depths of Hell in this fact-finding mission of self-honesty feels cruel and meaningless; however, nothing could be further from the truth. The more I learn to distinguish between myself and God, the better I get to know God, and the corresponding depths of His grace, care, and will to save. When the torment and injustice of the world, and of my own self, becomes too much to bear, I am left with no other recourse than that of the Lord. With my only outlet left being that of God Himself, as I plunge into the abyss of a trust fall, I am simultaneously thrust from above unto the heights of His unfathomable love. This divine love of God, this theoria, is knowable only by pure faith, and by no other human capacity.

“Boogie-Board the Boogie-Man”๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿ”ฑ๐Ÿ’Ž
If I never experienced this struggle with life, I would never have the means or occasion by which to seek and know God. He delivers with me persecution from my friends and family, disaster and calamity beyond my ability to reconcile such misfortunes with my understanding of justice, mercy, and goodness, and constant torment; therefore, I am blessed in being cornered and pigeonholed into a life of faith, by no virtue of my own but only by His Own grace. I am left no other option but to forsake my self and this world and flee to the Lord, as my higher ground and my refuge. Quite literally, my only recourse is to seek God. In this way, by having the worst of this world thrust upon me through no fault or wrongdoing of my own, I am delivered accordingly into the hands of God, Who is in fact the only true and real goodness that there ever actually is. The more I reject this world and it’s empty pursuits, by being hated of it and of my fellows, the more refined and fortified my reliance upon God, and things spiritual, becomes. I am forced, confined, and pushed upwards towards God, only because no other route is available, and all other bridges are burned. Dead end paths are laid to waste in shambles, and revealed as the empty vacuums that they truly are, by the contrast of the overarching light of my hope in God, for divine union with Him.

“The Real Illusion”๐ŸŒ
The less real this earthly, empirical, corporeal, tangible, visible, “of the flesh” world becomes, the more real God truly is. I cannot know God without rejecting and forsaking literally everything else, even myself. When I let go of “me,” with my arms outstretched up towards God, He swoops in and scoops me up, safe and sound to dry land, just like He promised. We watch the evils of this world and the torrents of my emotions circle in the depths of that whirlpool beneath us, as from the safe perch of the promised land. Watching the world as latched onto the Eternal Father, as a spectator with Him from above, He ushers Us up unto the freedom of His will, His Eye, and His mind. We are held close by Our rapturous love as we are propelled by the jettison of my own soul to within the jet stream of His lifeline, up to the safety of His Eternal Kingdom.

“That Which Openeth My Matrix”๐Ÿ’จ๐Ÿ”ฅ
Practicing my faith is resorting to God for help, and retreating to His care instead of that of this world or own my own power.

“Mรก Vlast”๐Ÿ•Š๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒž
When the going gets rough, I remember that “friction leads to fire,” and I view the path of Christ as being lubricated with the anointment of sacrificial love, obedience, willingness, and absolution. I try my best to give up on myself, and allow the idea of God, innate within me, to take my own place and thus allow Us to keep going, along His path of goodness and mercy, smooth and buttery with the finesse of kindness and the milk of compassion. With this kindling of Our passionate love, which only two souls together entwined could ever possibly muster, the pain and agony of the vast extent and expanse of this human experience, as the depths of the evil within the mortal soul, all this wreckage is no longer a sentence to anguish, rage, terror, and torture, but rather, becomes a gateway to Our Father.

“Wishing Well Armory”๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿ›ก๐Ÿ’ฆ
This calming trance of my faith, as my belief in and willing acceptance of God’s love for me, is the foretold reception and manifestation of God’s promise. I seek the Kingdom not by the Law nor by the Commandments alone, but by a willing and open heart, cleaved unto the Lord in all innocence and earnestness of trust. I allow God to steer my helm and to be my foresight, in perfect trust and love, as uncircumcised of Spirit. Thus, I relinquish all arms and defenses in order to allow Him to properly Captain this mothership. I have surrendered the buttresses and shields of my own ego and given up all of my own defenses to walk the plank of faith, clutching, by my stronghold of belief, to God Himself as the sole power of my salvation. Only by letting go of all of this world and myself, with the baggage of my lack of foresight and flawed understanding that results from using my own resources, may I be able to fulfill the promise of the faithful and make good the Word of God.

“A Forthright Stratagem”๐Ÿ’Žโš–๏ธ๐Ÿ’Ž
Faith only worketh by love. Of myself, I am nothing, but I choose, I will myself even, to believe in God, and in Him alone do I trust. My belief in God’s love for me is the only true belief that there could ever be of God. In order for Him to be real to me, I step out on that ledge of faith, of pure trust in His love, at each turn and at every corner, as I proceed through the minefield of my soul, this earthly life, and this worldly existence.

“Only God Hath Glory”
John 8:50-51

“Is Become the Headstone of the Corner”
Romans 9:1-9; 30-33

“Align: Singleness of Vision with God”
1 Peter 3:1-18

“Ariel: Lion of God”
Isaiah 29:1-2; 11-14; 22-24

“Noesis (Nous): The Eye of God”
Matthew 6:22-23

“Theoria”๐Ÿ’ 
Our use of the Eye of Providence…
A Moral Compass and Cupid’s Target.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theoria

“Et Avec ร‡a, Mon Ami?”โšœ๏ธ
I rely upon my faith and my intuition of things spiritual, via my belief in God’s love, instead of my own intellect or capacity for reason. Reason also is subject to God.

“Circumcision of the Heart”
Ephesians 2:8-22

“First and Foremost”โš”๏ธ
Circumcision is the innocence of perfect trust and love, to cleave unto the Lord without any doubt or reservation, thus enabling Him to truly be my protection. God takes the lead, and I offer up the use of any of my reasoning and foresight as a sacrifice unto Him, as an act of faith to ensure resolute and devout allegiance, to unquestioningly abide under God’s perfect and unquestionable, supreme leadership.

“My Womb the Matrix”
Exodus 13:1-16

“Mothership”๐Ÿ’’
The milk of mother’s compassion and the honey of the Word of the Lord preside eminently over the promised land of Heaven, accessed only from within the mind’s Eye via God’s dimension of the Spirit, made manifest as Mount Zion, in order to be consecrated as a memorial of veneration to God, thus potentiating every mortal soul unto His gift of Eternal Life.

Wednesday 3/15/17
Witch Tree?๐ŸŒณ

“That Tree and ‘Strange Fruit'”
1 Peter 2:15-25

“Be Kind Rewind”
2 Corinthians 12:5-12

“Power of Christ Cannot Exorcise Christ”
Matthew 12:25-37

“The Husband”
John 15

“Faith of a Wraith”๐Ÿ‘ป
I try to constrain my Eye’s focus to within the present moment, with no planning, worrying, or entertaining of doubts. This constraint of my Spirit is an expression of true virtue, because it is founded upon my continual willingness to live uprightly and without falter or deviation at any given time, always doing the best I can at that moment and to the best of my ability at that moment, as always taking the path of greatest hardship, effort, and diligence, and refraining from the defiled mind-state produced from contemplation of fleshly mundane cares, or worrying after my own self or my own well-being. Rather, I am quite purely always fixated upon God, in the interest of serving His will of divine love. I live as merely an appendage of the Father, a limb grafted, supplanted, and transplanted unto the life of the Father.

“He Trans-fixed Me!”๐Ÿ•Š
My roots grasp a different soil, as that of His Own Eternal Soul. My center of gravity is the voice of God at work within my own conscience, and I abide by no other dictates or precepts. If I believe it to be the will of the Father, then I follow and concede without hesitation of reluctance. I judge not myself nor my actions, as to whether they may be good or worthy, or of any meaning or value. Anything in my life only ever has value if and when God decides that it does, as only indirectly, by virtue of His opinion, will, or fleeting fancy. All I care about is God’s intention for me, and I pursue no other action, thoughts, or activities, but rather, partake in this life’s offerings only indirectly, as first filtered through His direction and channeled via the Father’s desires and purposes for me, which are beyond the reach of my finite mortal comprehension, but are inherently always supreme, as entailing the best possible plan, course, trajectory, and outcome. I defer all of my self and my will, as my opinions, desires, wants, likes, and judgments, to Him, as a student and child, and follow His will or urgings, allowing Him to be my one and only center of gravity and internal source of momentum or inertia, thus allowing Him to reveal Himself to the greatest extent possible, with no interference, or resistance, of my self-will. Willingly I abide and proceed in His name, with complete innocence and trust, as without questioning the goodness of His will. Only pure, innocent love would trust without question and without reason, and thus provide for God a worthy recipient for a mutually loving and truly reciprocal relationship, based upon His will and His ultimate virtue of “caritas,” or divine love.

“Trust the Moment: Spiritual Navigation”
John 3:5-8

“Caritas Is Latin”๐Ÿ‘ผ
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charity_(virtue)

“Courage ร  Trois”
1 Corinthians 4:1-5

“TheรณsBeulah”
Isaiah 62:1-5; 10-12ย 

“The Lion’s Share is Vegan”
Isaiah 65:1-12; 17-25ย 

“Arise, Our Eyes…”
Song of Solomon 2

“Apocalypse” Meaning:
“End time,” as in “at the appointed time.”
โฑ…No cause for “alarm.”

“Time for a Heart-to-Heart”๐Ÿ˜‡
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mental_prayer

Thursday 3/16/17
“Ghost Stories”๐Ÿ‘ป

“Got My Back?”
Mark 8:29-38

“Ghost’s Myth-Busters”
John 12:23-33; 44-50

“God’s Truth: An Honest Appraisal”
Luke 14:25-35

“Master Pai Mei”๐Ÿ›
Good old-fashioned hard work and discipline is an acquired taste, but is the wherewithal by which the soul has savor. Faith without works is, of course, quite dead, and availeth a man nothing but to be cast out with his naked and empty soul. In order to accept Christ into one’s heart, one must take heed and actually follow Him, as by the dictates of the Scriptures. The path Christ set out in the Gospel is not debatable, it is forthright and clear-cut. There is no way to the eternal Father but through Jesus, as by following and abiding by His instructions as the “Word of God.” To believe Jesus and His instructions as being of God is evidence of Original Sin if one does not then actually do as they say. The Great Transgression was, in fact, disobedience, as the human arrogance of self-direction by the defiance of God’s Commandment. Abraham found favor in God by trusting and abiding by God’s instruction, even to the loss of that which he held most dear, and this obeisance was evidence of trust, faith, and innocent love. The children of Abraham are His seed, only if they do as Abraham did, with the trust of innocence and real love, devoutly obedient. Seeds grow after their kind, and so if one does not do as Abraham did, then one would not be counted for among His seed. The seed of Abraham must necessarily display those same virtues for which Abraham found favor in the sight of God. He who is chosen is simply he who chooses to answer the call made by God.

“Only Through Me…”โ˜ฆ๏ธ
Jesus is the Word and the path because He teaches and edifies the will of God in giving us verbal instructions, as the written language of the Bible. Jesus elucidates and clarifies the meaning and intentions of God behind the rich symbolism of religious practices and rituals as laid out through Mosaic Law in the Old Testament. The concepts are the same, but Jesus’s new explanations are more thorough, as they contain the abstract spiritual lesson, as the real meaning, meat, and significance, underlying the concrete, physical rituals. Aligning our heart to the right place is the intent for us behind following His statutes, as focusing on the materials of this world as being merely symbolic, or the low end representative, of things higher and greater, is His way of showing us how to be more like Him and less like us, as sinful materially-oriented, and selfish humans. The less we see the edifice, or earthly surface aspect of existence, and the more we see the “moral behind the story,” as the value or principle of virtuosity, the better our understanding is of things spiritual in nature, and therefore eternal as God’s will.

“GI Jane: Kung Fu Grip”โœก๏ธ
To know God, one must intuit His unseen love enmeshed all throughout His creation, rather than just the shallow appearances, which love we may access at all times through our capacity for abstract thought, contemplation, and moral consciousness. God’s ways are higher than ours, as He is concerned with virtues and higher values of abstract thinking, as of things having a spiritual significance, rather than those of purely material meaning, and so devoid of any altruistic intention of God’s divine love. Though the body may die, God’s love is a part of God, and so exists eternally with Him. In nurturing my eternal soul to know and grasp this love of God for all of us, and learning to cling to Him against all odds, I may carry my Spirit on unto Him in the afterlife, as the victory of love over death.

“Faith Without Works”
James 2:14-26

“Only Through Me”
John 14:5-7

“Victory Over Death”
1 Corinthians 15:44.5-58

“Unmutable and Immutable”
1 John 5:1-7

๐Ÿ“•”My Extracted Writings”
3. “Our Daily Bread”

“Our Daily Bread”
๐Ÿ’ฆA continuation of:
“Communion” and
“The Living Word is our Eucharist”
…Bible Verses with Running Commentary

Wednesday 3/29/17
Housin’๐ŸŒณ

Selections from:
-John 5
-Matthew 12
-Matthew 6
-Matthew 19
-Matthew 7

“Yahweh: I Am”
I Am that I Am (โ€ซืึถื”ึฐื™ึถื” ืึฒืฉึถืืจ ืึถื”ึฐื™ึถื”โ€ฌโ€Ž, ehyeh aลกer ehyeh [ehหˆje aหˆสƒer ehหˆje]) is the common English translation (JPS among others) of the response God used in the Hebrew Bible when Mosesasked for his name (Exodus 3:14). It is one of the most famous verses in the Torah. Hayahmeans “existed” in Hebrew; ehyeh is the first person singular imperfect form and is usually translated in English Bibles as “I am” or “I will be” (or “I shall be”), for example, at Exodus 3:14. Ehyeh asher ehyeh literally translates as “I Am Who I Am.”
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Am_that_I_Am

โš”๏ธ
“Seek to Do God’s Will or None at All”
๐Ÿฆ‹
One of the greatest lessons is to learn the depths of my own mortal heart. God looked upon man from the start and saw that he was thoroughly evil and wicked when of his own devices. So Our Father bestowed man with His Word, which is always at the lips of those who seek Him. The folly of man and the arrogance of Original Sin that continues today is that most often, man does not seek God, nor to do God’s will, but seeks rather his own self and that which is in his own best interest.
๐Ÿšช
“Seek and tell shall find,” but only that which you truly seek. Most of us seek what we ourselves want, and so we never find God. God is always with us, watching and waiting, as huddled masses rush on by to their own graves through the futile act of self-seeking, ego inflation, vanity, and sinful desires of the flesh and self-will. The Word will truly sustain whomsoever believes upon Him, but all too often we choose instead to believe on ourselves and trust in the world or our own mortal resources. If I don’t lean on God then He couldn’t possibly hold me up! I must constantly make the decision to attend to thoughts of God, letting Him become my reality, and to relinquish any grasp upon material, worldly matters that would prevent me from depending upon God.
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God sustains the Spirit and gives light to the Eye and the Soul within each being, but He can be rejected and starved out of one’s Soul by dependence upon corporeal needs and ego-driven desires for a sense of self-importance or carnal satiation, which only sustains the fleeting, mortal, and festering abomination of ego and sin. The human self and ego is inherently vanity and evil if it is not surrendered to the task of seeking to perform God’s will, thus sacrificing one’s will and one’s self. Only by sacrificing self-will as a motive can one hope to do God’s will, as the two are as black and white as good and evil and are, in fact, mutually exclusive without exception. Only God is good. The act of sacrificing one’s self-will, seen as the inclination to be selfish and therefore evil, is the only way one may receive God’s grace and mercy of eternal life and redemption. One has free will to reject God’s will and God’s grace at any given moment, but also, by the same token, to redirect and follow after Him again the very next! Life is a succession of choices to think of and seek God, or to sin and seek oneself. We cannot follow perfectly, as we are not God, but the choice to do right in the Eyes of the Lord is ours alone, and persistence in that choice is favored.
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“A house divided against itself cannot stand,” so to follow after self-will, the pride of one’s ego, or vanity, is to follow after vainglory, and therefore, sin, evil, and condemnation, by rejecting the will of God. To seek to be a conduit of God and become as virtuous in that act of sacrifice is to partake in the righteousness of the Lord; only God is ever truly righteous, and all else will perish at the day of reckoning, which is the day in which that one dies. God will not and cannot condemn a temple of His Own will, and so all who seek to exalt the Lord and glorify God by humbling themselves receive His grace and full pardon for their inherent, and divinely-intended flaws. We were created by God to be dependent upon the Lord to be good. The Soul is designed to be a tabernacle of the Lord that is preserved by God beyond the first death of the body, but to devote oneself to self-seeking is to be a tabernacle of vainglory destined to perish, because it does not house and contain the Lord, Who bestows eternal life.
๐Ÿ•Š
Only through Christ may any of us enter Heaven, by following His example and His teachings in all of our daily affairs. His Word, of joy and wisdom, as the fruits of spiritual knowledge, is upon the lips of all who seek Him, by unity of vision with God.
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The Word of God, as love and truth, is truly sustenance to the Spirit, and the only source of nourishment to the eternal Soul.
๐Ÿ‘ป

Nightie Knights๐Ÿ›ก๐ŸŒ 
“Prayer for the Night”
(from “Magnificat” March 2017: Option 1)
Protect us, Lord, as we stay awake; watch over us as we sleep, that awake, we may keep watch with Christ, and asleep, rest in his peace.
(The “Magnificat.net” App)
http://us.magnificat.net

3/30/17
๐Ÿš—
“Today’s Mantra:”
My license plate number, because I must admit, I don’t know (offhand) what it is!

“Gifted?”๐Ÿš˜
Think of something you don’t know, and that remains admittedly beyond your grasp despite any and all your efforts of striving. For instance, your license plate number, which you haven’t memorized. Find comfort in thinking of that which you don’t know and that remains beyond all of your knowledge, and then let God reside there, in all His glory. Experience awe and wonder, marveling at His mystery as a piece of artwork, to be appreciated, rather than as a puzzle to solve or to figure out. Bask in His magnificence and allow His miracles and power beyond all fathoming to overtake and astound you. Savor the experience of not being in control, feel the release as you relinquish self-direction, and warmly, with humility, meekness, and beneficence, accept the truth of His love, in all its overwhelming magnitude, beyond all limits and understanding. Surrender to the Almighty God, “for He is good, for His mercy endureth forever.” (-Psalm 118:29)

“Elevation: Welcome to Real Life!”๐Ÿš 
This awe and wonder, this appreciation of God, is the “fear of the Lord,” as the Seventh Gift of the Holy Spirit, and is the beginning of all wisdom and spirituality.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_gifts_of_the_Holy_Spirit

“Help? …Why Yes, Help!”๐Ÿšจ
Admitting ignorance is the first step to knowledge, and reinforces the humility necessary to be a student of the Lord. If I don’t know a word or don’t understand something, I am to use a dictionary or search engine to look it up and search it out, or to ask someone else for help. There is nothing beyond possibility nor understanding if it is within the range of God’s will. It is God’s will for His Word to be understood by all who seek Him, and He will directly guide my interpretation and understanding of the Bible and any holy Scriptures whensoever I ask it of Him. There is no true wisdom that is too hard to understand if I seek it with humility under God. God’s Word of love, truth, and mercy is intended for all of mankind, and is inherently never beyond the reach or grasp or ability of anyone to understand, no matter how simple-minded we may be. All who persist with effort in seeking His knowledge and spiritual fruit will attain the soul-sustaining nourishment of His love.

“The Perils of Disobedience”๐Ÿš’
Admitting ignorance is the first step, but after that, there is never any excuse for remaining ignorant, because we believe in God. We believe in God, and therefore, in God’s power and salvation for all of us through the following of His path as it is laid out by the texts of His holy Scriptures. He bestows His Word for the purpose of our benefit and for our understanding, as a gift we must accept and heed in order to actually receive. If I do not follow the teachings in the Bible, then I reject Christ’s redemption, and will not enter into His salvation. I can only ever receive God’s glory if I seek His will and abide in His love.

Friday 3/31/17
“Bottlenecked Traffic”
…The Rusty Wire. ๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿ’‹๐ŸŒˆ

Selections from:
-Luke 10
-John 3
-Pink Floyd

“Two Suns in the Sunset”
By Pink Floyd

“All Equal under God”๐ŸŒ“๐ŸŒˆ
Because of the inherent sinfulness of each human, within both ourselves and each of our brethren, it is impossible to love each other truly under any and all conditions, if left to our own power and devices of self. When I am wronged and treated unjustly, the natural and normal response is to take offense, experience pain, and then feel anger towards that person for hurting me and treating me cruelly and unjustly. It is only by loving God directly, before even considering my fellow man, that I am ever able to circumvent that natural human reaction of sin, or hatred for mistreatment.
๐ŸŒ”
The normally ensuing emotional response to being hurt, as the reply dictated and decreed by God through His laws of nature, is the reaction of a will of “recompense,” or to respond in kind to an affront against me. “Recompense,” as the will within myself to punish others for wrongdoing towards me, rather than to treat them with love, is what would happen if I did not practice the submission of my will to God, by turning from them and instead towards Him, and exercising love towards God. Only by turning to God with love am I able to reply to the brethren who have pained me so with love, instead of with anger or a will for vengeance. I love those who hurt me, but only out of love for God, by virtue of their belonging to the Father and for being the children and personal property of God, Who is Father to us all. I love and respect God, and so I necessarily must love and respect all His children, without exception or condition.
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Only because I love God, who loves me perfectly, is it humanly possible to love all people without exception, despite the laws of nature, despite any evil or hateful intentions they may have towards me, and despite any pain that they inflict upon me. I love those who hate me because they are God’s children and I love God–it is this love for God that is the “Great Intervener,” that power that keeps me at peace and morally upright with this wretched world of sin. Without first and foremost loving God Himself directly, I could not possibly love those who mistreat me, because God’s Own natural and divinely-designated reaction, or “recompense” and human response to being mistreated and hated, is to hate them back, as responding in kind! It is God alone, through our interactions with Him, Who enables us to love one another in the midst of any evil, hatred, the wrongdoing of others, trials, challenges, or tribulations. I love you, no matter who you are and no matter what you’ve done, but only because I first love the Lord our God.
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“Abba, Abba!”๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ‘ผ
Without God, as the Intervenor between the hatefulness of this world, the destiny of any of us would be to succumb to evil, by responding in kind and in sin to the hatred of our brethren, which hatefulness is naturally occurring and inherent within any mortal soul. Loving God directly is the only path by which we may be freed from the human bondage of mortality, evil, and sin, and thus experience a new destiny, a destiny preordained by His own loving will, the destiny of sacred knowledge of God–the one destiny that He had ever willed and intended for us, His beloved children.

“Lighten up.”๐Ÿ˜œ

Logic (quantitative reasoning):
We are Equal IFF (if and only if) under God.

“A Sign… of Devotion”๐ŸŒˆ
Capitalizing as proper nouns any pronouns referring to the Lord (e.g.: Who, Thou, Him, We) is a display of worship and respect, and works effectively as a small form of praise, as like a little nod of recognition made to honor His greatness.

“A Doormat for the Lord of Hosts”๐Ÿ’’
My glory is not in my own self, but in God. I purify my soul and cleanse that channel of self-will and ego, becoming less, so that I may allow more room for God within me. I empty myself and I am filled with God. My rejoicing is in the happiness I receive from God, and not in any of my own works. My happiness is to be near to God and to hear His comfort and wisdom, and not to be the one in power bestowing that voice. My need for control is not to be in control, but to be under control by God’s hand.

“Good Hostess”๐Ÿ‘‘
This is the natural residence intended for my own ego, as under submission to God, within His care, and freed from the turmoil and turbulence of my own unstable ego–when I place myself in humility under God, I am right-sized and rightly-placed, and so can avoid the inevitable alternative of that rollercoaster of an “egomaniac with an inferiority complex,” which is the natural result of esteeming myself when I ought to be lowering myself to esteem the Lord. If I build up my ego instead of glorifying God, I will always eventually be knocked down, because my place is not meant to be elevated, nor to overtake the place of God.

“Built with Red Doors”๐Ÿšช
I try to be a throne and a house to God, and not the recipient of that crown of His glory. I welcome God within my heart, by being tender, open, or “circumcised in spirit,” and vulnerable, as fully and entirely prone and susceptible to any evils, but also therefore, entirely open to God’s care, by trusting wholly in Him alone, instead of investing in myself or trying to be my own source of protection. He will abide forever within a believer of His love and goodness, and will never condemn a house of God. God resides within the tabernacle of my heart, as my Soul, which is sacrificed and sanctified by love to be a temple of God and an eternal mansion, housing the Lord.

Prayer…๐Ÿ™
“Ask for the Spirit, not for the Body”๐Ÿ˜‡
Whatever request one makes of the Father in the name of the Spirit is given unto him without measure. It is God’s will and good pleasure to provide sustenance for the Spirit which dwelleth within us all, so that we may all receive His bounty of spiritual blessings, and ascension unto eternal life.

“Spirit without Measure”
(An article for further reading:)
https://www.ernestangley.org/read/article/the_holy_spirit_without_measure_is_available_to_you

Saturday 4/1/17
“The Truth Shall Set You Free”
๐Ÿšฐ
Feeding me “Draino” will not unclog my emotional jam-up.
(Selections from:)
-John 7
-Luke 24
-Acts 9
-John 8
-Proverbs 4
-John 11
-John 12

“The Truth.”๐Ÿ””
There is a condition to accessing God. One hundred percent honesty is necessary to learn the truth of God. One cannot “cherry-pick” the facts and hearken only to the soft and innocuous truths, or those facts that offer comfort, but are deceptions aimed at excusing bad behavior and enabling the continuation of moral transgressions. God dwells in the Truth, and so to access God, one must take the whole lump and accept the good along with the bad, the hard facts to face and the bitter pills to swallow. If I wish to live in delusion, that is my right by freewill, but God is the Great Reality, and He does not exist in the make-believe land of self-delusion, pride, and sin. Only by my willingness to take in all elements of the truth, and not just the ones I find most convenient, will I lay the moral groundwork necessary to welcome and house the Lord. It goes without saying that God is upright and abhors deceitfulness and dishonesty. If I allow lies to take root within my heart, then my own dishonesty cuts me off from His redeeming grace.
๐ŸŽผ
Only my own fear, manifested as self-deception to cover over or deny my faults, sins, or wrongdoings, can ever close me off from God’s light. When I avow the power of God, by claiming Him to be the perfection of love, as love that persists through all my personal shortcomings, I glorify and honor Him. I do not dwell of the ego-based sense of guilt for my flaws, but rather, I focus upon the glory of God, as He is so great that He loves me anyway!
๐ŸŽผ
I can only glorify the Father, as the perfection of love, mercy, forgiveness, kindness, and virtue beyond fathoming, if I first recognize my own weaknesses and so then recognize how He saves me from sin. If I do not admit that I need saving, then in what way could He be my God and Savior? If I do not need salvation from self-will, wrongdoing, shortcomings, and sins, then I am being dishonest about myself and my personal failings, because God created me to be flawed and in need of His rescuing. The more thoroughly I admit and humbly understand that I am hurting, and that “I am not okay,” the better I actually become!
๐ŸŽผ
Only the truth can ever set me free, because the root of all sin is the bondage of self, which is only made into a prison, holed off from God’s light, by dishonesty about myself, or self-deception. Fear to look within and see the truth of my own wretchedness builds up a wall between me and the Lord, because deception is the rejection of truth and abhorrent to God. Praising God’s perfection of love and forgiveness, and clinging devoutly to this correct belief of God’s goodness, ousts the fear that leads to the self-deception of lies, pride, and fallacious ego-bolstering arrogance and false self-confidence. My confidence is not in myself, but in God.
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This truthful belief of God, as perfect love, coupled with the willingness to improve my lifestyle, by sacrificing sinful habits, and practicing character building to become more virtuous and Christ-like, enables me to face difficult truths about my character with courage instead of fear. The willingness to make the necessary changes to become a better person precludes all fear and therefore any actual sin, because I’m trying to do God’s will and the right thing, instead of my own sinful and selfish wants and desires. Willingness is fostered by expressing love for God, because He responds and loves us back, which heightens our affection for receiving His care, and thus continuously fuels the desire to lovingly serve Him instead of our own carnal lusts or worldly, sinful instincts.

“We Hold These Truths…”๐Ÿฅ
God is Truth. If I want God, I must be willing to accept the whole truth, rather than just the parts I would like to believe. To reject any portion of the real truth is actually deception, via the lie of omission. To reject any of the truth in this way, by selectively choosing only the self-serving portions and catering to a personal bias, or only looking for confirmation of my own goodness so that I can evade the work of making difficult changes in my life, is sin and dishonesty. This ego-driven selection of convenient beliefs, that foster my own arrogance and complacency, rather than facing difficult and painful honest facts, precludes any knowledge of God’s truth, as it exists in whole, and therefore, of God. Only within the complete picture, with the factual truth of total honesty, can one find the objective knowledge of God, which He Himself provides. When my vision is unbiased and untainted by my own wants and selfish desires, and I refrain from imposing my will upon an image of God, in an effort to force Him into conforming to my own will for my life, then God will emerge and fill in the gaps. In letting go, I can provide the freedom to let Him shape Himself, in all truth and honesty, and God reveals Himself as the Person He truly is.

“…To Be Self-Evident”๐ŸŽท
God is Love. I am willing and able to swallow these hard facts because the truth of God’s all-powerful redemption, mercy, forgiveness, and incorruptibility surpasses all other truths, and is the Great Reality that makes all the self-searching worth it. I accept the pain of hard truths because that is the only path to the coinciding truth of God’s almighty love, which always and without fail conquers all. The truth, of the power of God’s love, is what equips me to face terror without fear, and to meet any challenge, even death itself, head on with courage. Intuitively we all know, deep down, once we’re willing to be honest with ourselves, that God is love, and that He has dominion over all fear and evil, and has destined us to submit to love.

“Liberty and Justice for All”๐ŸŽบ
God’s love is the truth. If I want that, then I must be willing to accept whatever else may come along with it, and trust in Him.

“The Matrix: The Red Pill”๐ŸŽธ
The way out is through. In accepting the pain of hard truths, I am bestowed the blessing that is the truth of God’s love. This great fact, of God’s love, inherently makes any difficulty not only bearable, but worth it beyond measure, transforming any trial or tribulation into a blessing. The more difficult the pain, the more intense the ecstasy of love, which by God’s law of justice, equality, and recompense, is commensurate with the extent of the hardship one endures in following faith.

“The Truth Sets Us Free”โค๏ธ
Being honest about the pain and the struggle sets me free, because of the corresponding truth of Your love. The only thing that ever cuts me off from You is a lack of honesty and the denial of truth, which clamps up the seal of my soul also from the truth that is You, God. The more I let the truth into my soul, my heart, the more pain I feel, but also, the more real Your presence becomes in my life. As long as I strive towards truth, no matter what, all will be well, because You and Jesus and Your incorruptible love are folded up in that truth. I must accept it all without exception, good and bad alike, if I wish to ever receive You. You reside only in the truth, as the Great Reality.

Sunday 4/2/17

๐Ÿ’Christ reconciles my heart to where God would have it.๐Ÿ’›
(Selections from:)
-John 11
-“Night-Sketches. Beneath an Umbrella” from “Twice-Told Tales”
by Nathaniel Hawthorne

“Candidate for RCIA Confirmation:”
I don’t think you can choose Jesus as your patron saint, but nice try.๐Ÿ˜‰
1-St. Francis of Assisi
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_of_Assisi
2-St. Theresa of รvila
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teresa_of_รvila
3-Archangel Gabrielโ˜‘๏ธ
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gabriel

I guess it’s good I waited to choose. Until just now, I had firmly planned on selecting St. Francis! Merci beaucoup, St. Gabriel!

“Divine Mercy Sunday”
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Divine_Mercy_Sunday

I’ll be your pedestal. I can’t help but put you on one, God!๐Ÿ—ผ

“The Morally Upright Path”๐Ÿฎ
The “Light in the darkness,” is the truth of Christ’s calling within my conscience, to abide by virtue and to do the right thing. To go back and raise Lazarus from “sleep” is the right thing to do, as the moral high road, and so when that path is chosen, each step along the way will always be well-lit and fully illumined, light as day no matter how treacherous the road, by upholding that lantern of righteousness.

“Celestial Lantern”๐Ÿ”ฅ
To abide by my conscience and act in accordance with love, even at the risk of my own safety, is paradoxically the surest safety of all, because I know that I am doing right by the Lord. I know that each step I take will land safe and secure, whether my footfall is upon solid ground or upon water, because it is Christ Himself Who places each step for me. To submit to the Light and goodness of Christ’s teachings, and forsake the path of fear, sin, and darkness, is to be a follower of Christ; however, if I follow after darkness, as my own sinful self-interest, I may as well be wearing a blindfold, because His Light of reason and moral uprightness would no longer be within me. The path of courage and of love, which puts me at risk of bodily death, is far safer than avoiding death, because it sustains the celestial Light of God, and His eternal life within me. This Light within is what keeps me alive in Spirit and on the right road of eternity, as the path of God’s will, no matter what sort of assailants lie ahead. I must cater to the needs of the Spirit within instead of surrendering to fear or to flesh, because to succumb to sin is the death of the Spirit, which is the only veritable form of death that there could ever be. To walk by faith, in love and self-sacrifice, offering up only my best intentions, to only ever do the right thing as dictated by God’s love etched within my heart, as my soul and moral compass, then God will always fulfill His law of justice to ensure that these righteous, altruistic intentions will come to fruition. Living in accordance with virtue and working in cooperation with God’s almighty will for goodness necessitates the eventuality of that outcome. God’s will is inevitable and it is good, and to swim against that life-sustaining current of the Spirit is the only death that could destroy me, which is the death of sin against God.
๐Ÿ•ฏ
I can choose the sin of self-will and darkness, seeking to ensure my own safety by allowing another to remain in “sleep,” or I can choose to follow God’s will of Light, and heed the behest of the Lord, to act rightly, within my soul. In forsaking myself and efforts to provide the security for my own wellbeing, in favor of abiding by the faith and love and Light of God, I am always found, by sustaining that Light of the soul that is unity with God’s vision. Wherever I go in the Light, I cannot falter.
โ›ฉ

“Night-Sketches. Beneath an Umbrella” from “Twice-Told Tales” (pg. 236-244)
by Nathaniel Hawthorne
“This figure shall supply me with a moral where-with, for lack of a more appropriate one, I may wind up my sketch. He fears not to tread the dreary path before him, because his lantern, which was kindled at the fireside of his home, will light him back to that same fireside again. And thus we, night-wanderers through a stormy and dismal world, if we bear the lamp of Faith enkindled at a celestial fire, it will surely lead us home to that heaven whence its radiance was borrowed” (pg. 244).
๐ŸŽ‡

Monday 4/3/17

A Miracle?
Not having a brain is hardly noteworthy, if one doesn’t happen to have a head either! ๐Ÿ‘ป
(Selections from:)
-Matthew 5
-Romans 13
-1 Thessalonians 5

๐Ÿ˜‡
“How’d you do it? I’ll tell you how I did it.”
๐Ÿ—
If it is in the name of Christ, and adheres to the firm and indisputable dictates of God’s truth within the conscience, and prescribes following steadfastly and without falter after the exaltation of God’s love, upholding the faith in all adversity, then it is necessitating the miracle of God.

๐Ÿšช”Pure, unadulterated love.”๐Ÿ–ผ
The Eye, as the window to the soul, that is unhindered, unobstructed, fully set off the hinges by being so pure in tapping into the stream of God’s goodness that’s wholly undiluted, is bursting forth His power as unfiltered, untainted, and pristinely potent. To be without any other agenda or motive than merely to do and be the essence of love is to welcome the influence of God into my life, and to let Him work through me without any hindrance of sin, fear, or the defilement of His purpose by the ego.
๐Ÿ’Œ
When the invitation made to God, to work through my life, is completely open to His wishes, unobstructed by any interference or conflict of interest, when I lay myself prone to His majesty with the complete surrender that can only take place through the devout insistence that He is perfect love, then God will appear, clear as day.

โ›ฒ๏ธGive us this “Dei,” our daily bread.๐Ÿ’ง
The stream of love, as God’s sacred wisdom and knowledge, that flows from such lips, with intentions only be a vehicle to convey God’s care and comfort, without the pollution of any concern or interest in what may happen to oneself, is to be the embodiment of God’s will on Earth. To get out of the way as much as possible and just “let God be great,” without tainting or misdirecting His power towards my own aims, thereby diluting its potency, is the utmost meaning I can derive from this life, because it is the utmost that I can give of myself towards the interest of “life itself.”
๐Ÿ—บ
To see and understand the beauty of the big picture and the overall concept of life is the only joy I know, and to let my mind linger on my own individual life somehow means death to me. I cannot make sense of my own life or selfhood if viewed in isolation, but when taken in and absorbed as “all together,” just the nature and power of the “idea of life,” and the influence that that power has over my own singular being, is overwhelming. Of myself I can do nothing nor muster any courage, but for life itself, I cannot help but manage to summon resources that are actually even beyond me! I love the whole of all living beings, because I love the concept of life. Life itself, the propensity to grow and propel forward in glorious birth, is its own redeemer, and is its own “raison d’รชtre.”
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๐Ÿ—ป”Raising the roof” gets “Sistine.”โ›ช๏ธ

Tuesday 4/4/17

Let’s Hang.๐Ÿ˜…
I like to hang about the thoughts of the Psalms, as the hotspots I frequent within my mind–the only truly happening place.

(Selections from:)
-Proverbs 16
-James 2
-Jeremiah 13

โ›ฑ”…Ruleth the Spirit” (-Proverbs 16:32)
The lower I make myself, the better off I become. Creating space for God within my self and my life can only transpire when I clear out my selfish desires and delve out a space for God’s influence.

๐Ÿ–”Shoulder the Burden of Truth”
The less I think of my own self and the more I listen for God’s thoughts instead, allowing Him to provide my thought-life via the channel of my soul, the better off I become. My own self, if viewed in isolation, cannot shoulder the burden of my focus, as my gaze is just too intense. When I try to “go it alone,” or view myself apart from the thought of God, with the idea of Him at the forefront of my mind and understanding of this world, then I will know it, because I will feel doubt, worry, fear, or anxiety, instead of the serenity, or calm assurance, that is only produced by faith in God’s love above all else. Upholding love for God is the refinement of the practices of faith. Only faith in God’s love dispels such ego-derived fear and thus enables fruitful, as wise and honest, contemplation of all matters, including the truthful self-examination and reflection necessary to perform a moral inventory, and come to terms with my own limitations, inherent human inadequacies and sinfulness, without the barriers set up by the ego, or succumbing to the pitfalls of the sins of self-based pride and fear.

๐Ÿ”The Procession”
When I let God lead the procession of my thoughts, the weight of my attention and the burden of the piercingly deep focus of His Eye is evenly and equally distributed upon His broad and almighty shoulders. Only with Him spearheading my thinking is the exploration of my self or my soul ever fruitful, because He upholds that lantern of His almighty, all-conquering, love to illumine all the shadows of my fear and dispel all the doubts and evils that exist in the self if it is pondered without God. All love only ever comes from God. To know God is to uphold the principle of His love.

๐ŸŒฟ”To Know God”๐ŸŒด
If I do not humble myself and recognize and admit that I cannot adequately care for myself or manage my life, then there is no way I could depend upon God. If I am not admitting that I cannot cope or be in charge of myself and my life, then there is no way in which I could be depending upon God and actually be relying upon my faith. If I am not actively depending upon God, then I am not practicing faith, and it amounts to nothing. If I am not actively relying upon faith, and feeling the support in my life of God’s provision and care, rather than my own, then I have faith without works, which is good for nothing, because “faith without works is dead.” By contrast, through “faith with works,” and actual reliance upon God instead of upon myself and self-direction, then and only then, God emerges as real and tangible, because I actually treat Him as real, to the exclusion of all other aspects of life. “God as unconditional love,” unconditional in meaning that His love is necessarily extended to everyone, always and without exception, is the only belief worthy and effective for true reliance, and the only inherently reliable idea in which one can ever invest one’s trust, and thereby please God in practicing a “faith that works.”

๐Ÿ•Š”Humbling the Self”๐Ÿผ๐Ÿฏ
Only when I give up on my own resources could I possibly let God into my heart and my life and let Him save me from my struggles–my defeat is the victory of God. I gladly humbly myself, because only through the honest recognition that I don’t have a handle on any of this can I truly depend upon God’s strength to pull Us through. God only ever becomes real to me in my life when I actually depend upon Him; I could not possibly know God if I relied upon myself, because I would be self-reliant instead of God-reliant, and so He would never have occasion to manifest for me. I do not believe in myself, I do not have faith in myself, I do not put trust into myself, and I do not have self-confidence. I trust only in the Lord. In lowering myself in this way, by “getting out of the way,” God becomes real, because I am really relying upon Him! If I rely upon myself, I inherently could not rely upon God, and so God would never be real to me, nor would I know Him. God is welcomed into my heart to help, solely by the power and conviction of my own belief. I don’t believe in myself, I believe in God. Only God is truly real.

๐ŸŽบMercy trumps justice. (-James 2:13)

๐Ÿ›ก”Shield of Faith and Love”โš”๏ธ
Faith means that the metaphysical dimension of my thoughts, wherein I could practice appraisals and self-evaluation from a standpoint of judgement, is reserved for God, and not for myself. The dimension of judgement is filled in by faith, which renders moot and irrelevant any questioning as to whether or not I’m okay or whether something is good or bad.

โ˜๏ธ”Diligent Foot-Soldier”๐Ÿ”ฅ
Practicing faith means that the judging dimension of my mind is sacrificed to God. That metaphysical layer of higher thought is turned over to Him, and I refrain from allowing my ego a foothold on that level. God’s love, by my faith, fully absorbs that aspect of my thinking, as that higher dimension of spiritual understanding. Through diligent effort and practice at cognitive control and flexibility exercises, constantly lowering myself to a position of faith and love instead of worry or doubt, God forms an ever-present protective buffer around my thinking, serving as a shield and a defensive layer of thought, an impenetrable fortress of the Lord, forged entirely of the Spirit through pure belief.

(Suggestions for further reading:)
๐ŸŒค”Metacognition”
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metacognition
โ˜€๏ธ”…I Can Feel It”
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religious_ecstasy

๐Ÿฃ”Necessity is the Mother of Invention”
I need God. I believe it, but moreover, it’s actually true. I allow God to fill this need.

๐Ÿฅš”The Orphic Egg is Sonny-side up.”๐ŸŒž

Wednesday 4/5/17
๐ŸŽˆ
“The Folly of Catholic Guilt”
It is only the beginning…
“Don’t give up before the miracle happens!” (-12 Step Slogan)
๐ŸŽ‰
Any organization I can join, where I get to go to a meetinghouse every day and listen to people share about their experiences with God and His miracles for an hour, sounds to me to be too good to be true. What wonderful jewels of wisdom hath He hidden under the guise of rock bottom! Lucky me!๐Ÿ’Ž
(Selections from:)
-Acts 16
-1 Corinthians 4

“The Compass”๐Ÿฅ€
Often, when I am confronted with my own inability within a given situation and must admit that I’m not capable, I may succumb to the pitfall of the ego and dwell upon my own inadequacy, falling prey to self-pity. The healthy alternative to this treacherous character defect, or sin, is, instead of focusing upon myself, to focus upon God. When I shift focus off of my own defects and use them merely as an opportunity, or the spring board, by which to glorify God’s redeeming grace, rather than dwell in the darkness of the ego’s guilt and shame, then I have made proper use of humility.

“Full Circle of Life”๐ŸŒน
Humility is the beautiful enlightening honesty that clears the way for God to enter into my soul and cast out that despair and desperation. My weakness is not meant to shame me, it is merely the means by which I may be confronted by my own humanness and thereby have the need by which I may know the blessing that is God. When I let go of my ego enough to welcome His graces, then I can enjoy the bliss of praising His name. I could never know His glory and His salvation if I didn’t admit that my own resources were insufficient to sustain me.

“Squaring the Circle”๐ŸŒฟ
I try not to make the mistake of mourning me when I could instead be glorifying God. To focus upon the guilt of my inadequacy to manage my own life, I miss the entire point of humility and repentance, or contrition, which is to enjoy God’s will to save me from my own natural deficiencies. I am made to be weak, in order to seek and accept God’s love and guiding force. When I praise God during a difficult circumstance, instead of dwelling on the idea of my own personal shortcomings or failure, in sadness or self-pity, then I pave the way and make space for Him in my soul to reveal Himself, thus giving Him the chance to be glorified, and demonstrate His almighty love that knows no bounds. God will always save me if I only let Him!

“The Right Angle Perspective”๐Ÿ’
Instead of focusing upon how “horrible” I am, I focus instead upon how great God is! I don’t succumb to guilt or dwell within my sins or shortcomings, but rather, I practice humility and see my sins as the path by which I can wholeheartedly praise Him. I could not glorify God, demonstrating His might and heroics in rescuing me, if I could do it myself, nor could I take pleasure in His greatness if I thought that I were great!

“Divine Paradox”๐Ÿƒ
I am a fool for Christ. Suffering any manner of persecution, if so done for the sake of the Lord, is done to good purpose, and so becomes my strength and song. The beautiful paradox of charity, that being the selfless Christian love, is that the sacrifice for a far greater benefit than mine own self could absorb bestows the glory I crave, which is to be a part of something truly good. It is out of love and veneration for the name of God and the welfare of His children, and so it is to good purpose and of real effect, and that emptying of my selfhood and sacrifice of my own best interest is the only true source of joy that I’ve ever found. This is God’s own doing.

“The Tie that Binds”๐ŸŽ‹
The surprisingly satisfying and restorative nature of charity, or self-sacrifice made out of love for the greater good, for something I could truthfully believe in as a worthy cause, is God’s will for us, and is only realized by faith and not by logic. To preserve my own best interests would appear to be the path of happiness and wellbeing, but by God’s Own glorious wisdom, that human logic is the path to ruin, and correspondingly, the personal sacrifice performed in a selfless act of love, preserves the soul. A loving sacrifice of my own self, as an offering in the name of God’s own favorite flavor of love, is the means by which He has fashioned us to sustain our lives. We all derive joy from caring for each other, for His holy name.

“Reconciled to Perfection”๐ŸŒฑ
God reconciles is back to Him, gathering back unto His fold us lost children of sin, through the division of labor, specialization of purpose, and distribution of power within the holy Trinity. God is perfect love, and as being so supremely good, He is perfectly just and only ever pure truth. He is so pure in goodness that a divine intervention is needed to tie together such polar extremes as human sin and immortal God. Christ, the beloved only Son of God, is borne of the Father for the purpose of collecting the children back into the holy heavenly family. Christ avows for us and our salvation by willingly dying for us, thus claiming us for the Father by His plea and intercession. If Christ had not confirmed our birthright as God’s children, by showing the Father how far He would go to keep us, then we would have no recourse to the Lord God, because there would be no other goodness claiming power over us. We are only reconciled to God, Our Creator, against Whom we have sinned and disobeyed consistently throughout the ages, by Christ, and by no virtue of our own. Without Christ tying us back into the graces of our Heavenly Father, by Himself supplying that link of love beloved of the Father through His law or virtue of justice, then we would be too evil to arrive to Him.

“Golden Ticket Redeemer”๐ŸŒป
Christ cooperated with God’s plan for us, and created of His own life and sacrifice that perfection of selfless love, and so redeemed us from our evil ways to God. Christ claims us, but if we do not submit to His calling and reproofs, by following Him instead of ourselves and our own wills, then we will not make it Home to God. Our freewill is our chance to demonstrate learning and maturity, and admit that our own wretched ways led us to murder the Lord, the holy ambassador of God’s love. The wretchedness of such an act made possible the greatness of God’s mercy as a demonstration of just how great His forgiveness and boundless love can be–we killed His beloved only Son, and He still welcomes us home to His heavenly family. How much more proof could One give to demonstrate the will to love, so that we might actually trust in Him and return to the paradise predestined as His gift to us, the precious progeny of His mighty works.

…Love is perfection. God is great, and love is the greatest thing of all. To praise God’s greatness, I praise God’s love!๐Ÿ€

Thursday 4/6/17
๐ŸŽ–๐ŸŽ–๐ŸŽ–๐ŸŽ–๐ŸŽ–
“Only love” makes possible the willingness necessary to see the truth, instead of just what I would like to see or want to be true.
๐Ÿš€
“This Above All…” (-Shakespeare)
In all thoughts, in all matters, and at all times, God takes precedent. Always.
(Selections from:)
-Psalm 19
-Mark 11
-Matthew 14
-Matthew 17
-2 Kings 2
-Genesis 5
-Luke 17
๐Ÿ’ซโ˜๏ธโ˜€๏ธ
“The (Potential) Folly of Fellowship”
Don’t get lost in life’s distractions and move in to the tourist attractions on your way to the dream vacation of Heaven.
โš“๏ธ
“Life Line”
If we steadfastly affirm that, “God speaks to us through each other,” or through our Fellowship, why would He not speak to us as individuals in our private prayer life? In the past I sought to always have some sort of music playing, or to keep some sort of stimulation running static as background noise or conversation, because I was convinced that God was communicating through these channels and loving lyrics. In fearfully clinging on to this indirect line of connection or communication with God, I was missing out on the much more direct channel of quiet time apart with Him in the purity of prayerful listening for His voice, for council, discussion and communion. If I would commune with nature and take in the beauty of the outdoors, why would I not commune with God, our Creator, in a similar manner, to absorb His love and direction, through belief in His all-powerful influence over all things. “There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard” (Psalm 19:3). How much more direct is His voice when communicated straight to my mind and heart as thoughts, through the channel of faith-based meditation. God is not just some vague amorphous Force underlying all existence. God is a Person with feelings, a very unique and distinct personality, and real emotions and opinions. To know God is really to interact and learn to have a relationship, at the most fundamental level of creation, upon which all else depends.
๐Ÿ’บ
“Stars Align”
In God’s reality, not the illusory world that we ourselves have created in our attempts to explain existence, nothing is fixed, constant, permanent, or unchanging, except for God Himself. Any miracle is possible by His command, provided that one holds onto belief in Him instead of in superficial appearances, the dictates of man or convention, or one’s own self. A real, mutual relationship requires two people interacting to actually work, so if I do not invest my Time and effort into the Father, I would not fare well to expect much reciprocation from Him. Devotion carries weight in God’s world, while our material grasping, concerns over trivial affairs, and mundane cares do not. God can determine or change any aspect of existence, as it all rests upon Him, so to seek happiness from any other source in existence is short-sighted and senseless. Truly, only God is actually real, so the more I reject the fake man-made illusion of what is or what matters, the more His hidden workings shine through and are made manifest. God Himself takes on the form of the only destiny that could hold water and be worthy of pursuing: His Own. The less I believe in the workings of man and the more I invest in the workings of the Lord, the firmer my belief becomes, strengthened like a muscle, simply by use as with exercise. The more steadfast my prayerful practices, the more sturdy and reliable is my belief in holding me up and carrying me upwards to the truth of God.
๐Ÿ›ฐ
“Land Line”
Prayerful reflection or contemplation can be just as valuable an influence as the Fellowship of our brethren, provided I seek God’s voice and not just my own thoughts. The practice of meditation, as restraining myself from verbal thought to practice the art of listening, is the most intimate route by which to seek God; God as the Person. God will direct my thinking as I pray for His direction. The more I invest in a personal, one-on-one relationship with God, the more direct will His voice be in my mind and thoughts. I don’t hear voices, I hear People. God and Jesus are capable of relating to us in just the same way that any other person can. Letting down my guard of ego, doubt, fear, or disbelief opens the window of the soul, the mind’s Eye, wherein God may commune with me, to provide inspiration and encouragement.
๐Ÿš‰
“Main Line”
To disregard meditation as being valuable, on the grounds that, “God speaks to me best through other people,” is avoidant, evasive, and slightly disrespectful to God. Such a standpoint only demonstrates a lack of faith, confidence, and belief in Him. God’s presence is awe-inspiring, and can be so overwhelming as to cause a sense of fear, but persistence in working with Him to pass beyond that initial sort of fear or amazement, to “break the ice,” and kick off the “cold feet,” is the most worthy and worthwhile pursuit that can be undertaken in all of existence. God takes precedence in all matters, because He dictates the utmost reality that I could experience, as being almighty and capable of deciding it. The relationship that I share with God is actually the only thing that can and will sustain me through thick and thin, through this life and on into His eternity in Heaven.
๐Ÿ“ก

โœจ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ’ซ๐Ÿ“
“God is: Great Expectations”
Faith is my job, in meeting God halfway. I can’t ask God to do my part of our relationship any more than I could try to call the shots or do His job for me. Either I believe or I don’t; even .0001% hope will suffice to carry me through to the light at the end of the tunnel, so long as it is not outright rejection of belief, or 0% faith. Belief is commanded of me, which certainly takes any shades of gray, as doubt or ambiguity, out of the equation. My belief works for God, I do not let worldly circumstances dictate my belief. The reality I expect I found upon my belief in God, and I do not let it falter based upon that which it is intended to determine. God makes this possible, as that Unseen electric current of divine magic, His pure potential of Love, allowing for infinity and endless possibilities, all coursing through the veins, the lifeblood, of all existence.
๐ŸŒž
“Speed Dial”
The autopilot of my “pace-maker” sets the cruise control setting to “serenity” by shifting gears over to my golden ticket.๐Ÿ’›

(No entry Friday)
Saturday 4/8/17
๐Ÿณ
Communion means conversation.
๐Ÿค˜
“…Oh, so this is where they hid the Stairs:
Jacob’s Ladder, the Stairway to Heaven.”
“Nice blue ribbon! Looks like Our little ‘Rhapsody in White’ takes home ‘Best in Show!’ Lol!” ๐Ÿฉ
“How ironic. I had always rather morosely prided myself upon having been a dark, depressive, emotional and contemplative, ‘Hemingway-style” drinker: Alone, by myself, at night, with just my thoughts and a pen… and maybe a few shooting stars.”
๐Ÿ’ซ

(Selections from:)
-“Man Who Sold the World”
by David Bowie (and also Nirvana)
-A New Motto Connector
-Matthew 6
-Luke 10
-Genesis 19
-Genesis 9
-Galatians 5

“Gazeless Stair”๐Ÿ”Ž๐Ÿ•ถ๐Ÿ”
My gaze, the weight of my focus, is so heavy and intense that it will not suit me to focus my attention or my thinking upon my own self. I cannot comfortably be the sole subject of my own thoughts. Refraining from thinking about myself in isolation from God, and His world at large, even in a metacognitive fashion as self-examination, is conducive to peace, and instrumental in experiencing that intuitive flow of serenity. Simply looking for God around me, and asking the quick prayer of “God, what is Thy will for me?” in a moment of fear or frustration, is enough to calm any nerves. Following after my belief in God’s care is my job here, as the footwork of my faith, or my unfaltering belief in God’s love and charity for us, which is the root to survival, keeping me stayed and steadfast in the safety of His Kingdom within, throughout any disaster, storm, difficulty, or whirlwind.

“Counter-Intuitive Intelligence”๐Ÿ•ต๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคนโ€โ™‚๏ธ
To sacrifice my thinking and offer my self and my mind up to God for His purposes, to be His instrument, is the best thing I could ever possibly do in this life. My own thoughts could never amount to anything, but God’s thinking can change the world! My best thinking, even if it may be genius, is still merely mortal and as insignificant as dust and ashes in God’s world. The only worthwhile thinking to please Him would be to give up on my own fallible thoughts and let Him supply me with His miracles. To be truly wise, I surrender my finite human wisdom, in favor of God’s mind, as omnipotent and omniscient supremacy. “By thought, could add one cubit to His height…” When I feel that self-based fear and discomfort, wherein I feel the need to run away and escape or avoid a situation, simply adding the “idea of God” to my thoughts, intuiting His grasp around me, to help shoulder that burden of the power of my human thought, seems to right any wrongs within, and everything just “clicks.” Looking for God, seeing God, following after God, and communicating to God through all aspects of His creation, is what life truly is. There only ever is God.

“Circus Act”๐Ÿคนโ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŽง๐Ÿ•ต๏ธ
The virtue isn’t in how many thoughts you can juggle, but in how many you can let go of. Surrendering your mind to God is the greatest thing that you could do with it.

“Synchronicity with God:
Cooperation in Joyful Effort”๐ŸŽช๐ŸŽผ
Your job is to do whatever you need to do to appreciate life. Appreciating life means seeing and intuiting “the good parts.” Attaining the “good life” means looking for and seeing God, and not what I, of my own self, might want if not aimed towards God.
Faith is the serenity, the flow state of positive psychology, of loving God and trusting in and acting upon His love for me. Living life is an ongoing process of keeping up and maintaining an active dialogue and running discourse with God, in all that I think, see, feel, do, and am.

“GI Joseph: Kung Fu Grip”๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽŽ
In holding onto God, instead of merely the purely physical, or spiritually empty and ultimately meaningless aspects of this world and existence, I cling to the eternal path that sustains our living reciprocation of His love. This “death grip” upon the source of real life, God’s eternal flow of His will, is what keeps me connected to what matters. The challenge is in letting go of the little jewels of knowledge along the way in order to stay attached to Him, as a Person, with His guiding and protecting influence. Trusting in God and grasping onto Him, over and above the satisfaction of His gifts, the little pearls of wisdom He bestows as We go along, is the beauty of nurturing Our relationship, expressing devotion, making sacrifices in His name, and avowing undying love and devotion to Him, to Our God alone and nothing else.

“Show Me How”๐ŸŽฉโœจ
Follow along God’s trail, His earthly voice, expressed of signs and tender mercies, letting go of each one to grasp upon the next, as rungs of a ladder laid out for you, to lead you safely to Him through any obstacle, adversary, trial, or tribulation. Flow along with the Lord in His life-giving current, and don’t get caught up in a snag or snare along the way. Let God take the reins of your heart and direct your focus, mind, thinking, attention, and perceptions. Go along in synchronicity, following after God. Let Him lead, and never look back!
๐Ÿ‡
๐Ÿ•ณ
Dangling little tidbits of the Psalms and Proverbs like a Carrot for my White Rabbit.

๐Ÿ’Ž๐Ÿ’ซโœจ
“The Man Who Sold the World”
Lyrics by David Bowie
(performance by Nirvana)

“Seal of Approval”๐Ÿ’ 
Qui transtulit sustinet (Latin “He who transplanted sustains”, also “He Who Transplanted Still Sustains” or “[He] Who Transplanted Continues to Sustain”) is the state motto of Connecticut depicted on a blue ribbon below the grapevines.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seal_of_Connecticut
(Google search: Connecticut state motto meaning)

“One Day At A Time”๐ŸŒค
Matthew 6:24-34

“The Good Part”๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿš€
Luke 10:38-42

“Catch Me Chicken Little…
The Sky is Falling!”๐Ÿฃ
Genesis 19:12-29

“Raised on the Promise-Says”๐ŸŒˆ
Genesis 9:16-17

“Fruit of the Holy Spirit”๐Ÿฆ‹
Galatians 5:4-10

“Steadfast”๐Ÿ•Š
Faith is to take a stance, to come to a firm decision and a resolution: “I love You!”๐ŸŽบ
๐ŸŒŸ

“The Path”๐ŸŒž
God smiles upon the goodwill of One soul wishing to save all, even the most wicked, through the action of altruism taught by Christ, and thus, all of God’s children are brought into the fold and bound together, in the unity of One. If One’s goodwill of righteousness seeks to save “all” by the principle of purity, innocence, and mercy, then God’s own laws, of virtue, love and justice, cannot turn down this act, and He necessarily must fulfill it, by the divine decree of His Own will of perfect love.
๐Ÿ“ฏ
This loving intention, and the pivotal living sacrifice that must ensue in order to fulfill it, to preserve “all living things,” finds favor with God, in adherence to His prophesies. This righteousness of One ensures the survival of all life by providing that tie necessary to bind all of us to God, though still sinners, through His law and virtue of justice, or repayment in kind for the deeds performed. Without this tie, claiming even the wicked unto God’s bosom, they would be bound to the law of justice as His visitation for their sins, instead of the loophole offered of His mercy, as the reconciliation. This act actualizes God, and the extension of His perfect love and mercy, to all of us. The promises of God’s salvation and Christ’s redemption are made manifest and catalyzed as Our joined destiny of life, together as One in Fellowship, by the unity of the Holy Spirit, with none left behind, by the grace of God.
โœ๏ธ๐Ÿ“’๐ŸŒˆ
“Neat Neo!”

๐Ÿ“•”My Extracted Writings”
4. “The Living Word is Loving”

“The Living Word is Loving”
๐Ÿ’ฆA continuation of:
“Our Daily Bread” and
“Communion” and
“The Living Word is our Eucharist”
…Bible Verses with Running Commentary

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

Monday 4/10/17
๐Ÿฆ‹
(Selections from:)
-Exodus 3
-Matthew 22
-Psalm 19
-Revelation 3
-Revelation 5
-Benjamin Franklin

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

“The 7th Gift of the Spirit”๐Ÿฆ„
The meaning of life is Awe. This is the beginning of real life, in kinship with God. The Great Commandment is to love God.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_gifts_of_the_Holy_Spirit

“Cliff-Hanger”๐Ÿฆ…
In leaving my threads of the story hanging, like a cliff-hanger, I can keep you in suspense and therefore attentive to me! This story will not have a finite resolution that I will let you rest upon, at least for more than a moment or two, any more than an eternity knot could have a final loop–that would mean the end of it! I will keep bringing in some new element or twist to Our story that will raise more questions, to keep you on your toes. I want you to be comfortable with ambiguity and to rely upon Me for your security, as your “resolution,” instead of upon the knowledge that bestow to you as gifts.

Oh goody, I’m excited! ๐Ÿฉ
(“What did you think it means!?”)

“Appreciate God”๐Ÿ’
In starting off from a place of love for God, all else falls into perfect alignment, in accordance with His perfect will. To appreciate life one must begin with the Truth. Belief in God, as our loving Heavenly Father, willing only the best for us all according to His omniscience, is the only starting point wherein one may derive true and worthwhile meaning from life. This life is to be accepted as “good” and appreciated, not fretted over, by faith in God’s love for us and the consequential desire to give back and repay that love, to God directly, and therefore to our brethren also, as His Own property and children. If I am worrying instead of appreciating, then I have missed the point and meaning of life. I am being cared for by God at all times, whether I choose to recognize, acknowledge, and accept that love and guidance or not. I can work with God, if I so choose, in cooperation with His divine and eternal plan, or I can choose not to. My freewill is my opportunity to choose God instead of self, and thus demonstrate the responsibility and maturity to accept direction and correction from God, for my own betterment and unique improvement, according to His indubitable wisdom. God’s direction inherently surpasses any human or earthly knowledge that I, of my own self, could ever provide, and so choosing God’s way over my way is the wisest choice a human could ever make. Trusting that God has me under His wing, and being willing to follow Him, after the fashion of Jesus, is the proper way to live.

“Love for God Provides Willingness”๐Ÿฅ€๐ŸŒน
Always realigning and readjusting my sails to keep up my responsibility, to love God, by thinking my thoughts as prayers of thanks, vows of willingness to follow, and professing undying love, directed to Him and Jesus as my resolution or decision, enables me to feel secure, and in fact entails the necessity of this sense of security, which is possible only through trust in God rather than my fallible self. In “loving God” as the outline and direction for my mind, my heart and thoughts, I can appreciate the life He gave me rather than fear after how best to take care of myself. Whenever I’m upset, telling God, in silent prayer throughout all my daily activities, literally all day long, always calms me and provides me with the hope, as an upwards and upright direction, and the momentum, or force, to power me through to God’s solution for me. God’s solution is always love, and doing my part to love Him too ensures my eventual arrival upon this respite of Love. We always keep going in this manner as long as we trust in the Lord. Fear of the Lord is simply intense appreciation, and the desire to never be apart from the presence of God. This Fear of the Lord, as Wonder or Awe, is the motivation that provides the willingness to overcome any obstacle, to fuel my ability in any undertaking, as this fuel, or motive, is itself almighty by being “love for God.” In being directed towards and for God, this concerted effort and attention, or focused concentration of energy, is prone and susceptible to receiving His all-powerful influence, which provides the means by which one may prevail over any adversity.

“Gifts of the Spirit”๐ŸŽ„
Facing life with humility before God and the desire to express appreciation for His artistry and creation, much as a work of art intended for my benefit and enjoyment, is the proper and correct approach to life. If I face this life from a position of pride, meaning self-will, self-direction, or ego, instead of humility before God, then I will inevitably always wind up being, perhaps unintentionally so, critical and judgmental. In issuing a critique to God, appreciation is overlooked and actually made impossible. Additionally, the practice of exercising judgement or evaluative criticisms of this life precludes my ability to appreciate it. I am to start out with “Awe” by recognizing that this creation is a masterpiece by God to be exalted, and that it is overstepping my position to complain or find fault with His work. In priming myself to look, with pious humility, for the good parts, and to offer up my eternal praises and thanks, as an ongoing sequence of thoughts of gratitude and appreciation to God, I will feel that appreciation, and quite acutely. I will only ever feel the joy of gratitude when I actively intend to appreciate God. Simply to make an effort to slow down and savor life, to stop periodically to take a breather and “smell the roses,” by meditating on this blessing of the present moment, is to derive meaning and please the Lord. Focusing upon the good opens me up to to good; however, If I look for faults, I will surely find them, and also will I find the corresponding misery that comes from taking that standpoint of self, or ego and haughty arrogance, and the audacity to issue criticism instead of appreciation.

“Making Wise the Simple”๐ŸŽ‹
This life is a work of art, not an equation. There is nothing to “figure out,” just enjoyment to be had from simple living. There is no “great mystery” to solve and answer, just the “miracles” of God’s power. The complication of life is the result of the human ego, as sin, greed, and arrogance. The simplest explanation is truly the most infallible and divine, as flawless parsimony. God is Love. Love the Lord God, follow after Him and His Commandments, as the indisputable and clear-cut dictates of the conscience, live by His upright morality, be useful, and walk humbly with the Lord. God truly is enough, there is nothing more to seek past this one perfect relationship.

“The Lucky 13″๐Ÿ
“We must, indeed, all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately.” (-Benjamin Franklin)
-In the Continental Congress just before signing the Declaration of Independence, 1776.
http://www.ushistory.org/valleyforge/history/franklin.html

โœ’๏ธ”The Truth”๐Ÿ–‹
The sword of the Spirit is double-edged; he who wields the Word of God is equally intended as its audience, and implored to abide by His corrections and rebuffs just the same as anyone else. Humility is required, as no one is exempt from the scourging of the loving tutelage of God.
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Tuesday 4/11/17
โ˜ƒ๏ธ
“Wear life like a loose garment, but wear God like a pair of long-johns.”
(Selections from:)
-John 7
-Luke 1
-Jeremiah 17
-Psalm 63

“The Word of the Lord”๐ŸŒฌ
God is at the lips of those who seek Him, ready and willing to step in and intervene. The more I let go and give up on myself, the more God shines through as my Hero. The stream of thought, as a current of brainwaves, and the copacetic ripples of goodness and positive energy that praising God emits from my psyche, is that deep river of the Word, within each of us.

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

“The Right Angle”๐Ÿ’ง
Interpreting a problem from multiple different angles to uncover a solution allows for the most novel and unique remedies, by new and ingenious designs. Converging upon a single point from various different angles is an innovative approach to dispersing the intensity of the various view points, to more evenly and equally distribute and diffuse the burden of a weighty and piercing focus of mind. To interpret a sacred text from multiple translations or angles, in order to arrive at the heart of the meaning through the use of various different starting points, can be an effective means by which to derive the most complete and thorough meaning from a text. Using different variations or translations of the same piece can offer a wider breadth of insight into what the Author truly intended, and provide additional refinements or valuable new perspectives that otherwise might have gone unnoticed, but been sorely though unknowingly missed, as like a vacancy within the core, just waiting to be filled.
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Wednesday 4/12/17
“I’m in Hell!”โ›„๏ธ
“…Is there anything I can do to help?”๐Ÿ•Š
Plan of Attack:
“We’re gonna dumbfound ’em with love.”
(Shhhh!)๐ŸŽ–๐ŸŽ–๐ŸŽ–๐ŸŽ–(๐ŸŽ–)

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

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

“Obedience.”๐Ÿฉ
Sit, stay, heel; also, don’t eat my Apple! There is a power beyond all human limitations of understanding, surpassing all mortal powers, but interwoven and intertwined within the very fabric of Time, and so imbedded and enmeshed within all of creation, and thus constituting all ensuing existence. God can be found anytime and anywhere, because He exists within the composition of Time, as “Now.”
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All that one must do to find God is to earnestly seek Him, and, voilร , He is here! The Kingdom of God is always within. God is accessed as an idea, and the simple act of praying to Him, by name, is enough to align one’s mind to God’s force and thus tap into His infinite and eternal resources. Meditation is a discipline, and patience to listen requires effort and diligent practice.
๐Ÿ—ฃ
God acts upon the human ego and psyche as the “conscience.” God is the very essence of the Virtues, and is inherently always supreme perfection of goodness. Divine love, as the Latin “caritas,” or the Greek “ร gapฤ“,” or Christian selfless love for God, is the will, choice, or intention to love, rather than just a banal, carnal and inert, sensual feeling. This perfection of Love is the umbrella Virtue from which all the other Virtues, and indeed any form of goodness, flow, from our Heavenly Father.
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To acclaim this love as reality, above and beyond any superficial appearance of reality, and to act in accordance with this guiding principle, of loving diligently without exception, under any and all circumstances regardless of any other factors or conditions, is to align with God.
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In aligning to God’s will, one may slowly begin to tap into this vast and unlimited reservoir of His miracle-working potential. Living life becomes like a continuous dance, or a duet of synchronicity with God, and His outpouring into the stream of all goodness, as the Source of all that is precious and worthwhile in this world.
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To align with God’s will and enter into this eternal River, or stream of life’s goodness, one may simply follow after and abide by the dictates on the conscience, as God has etched His law into the mind, the heart and soul, of every living creature. There is no need for formal law to convey to us the difference between right and wrong, because the Lord has entered it into our hearts as our inborn moral compass. Simply seeking to do the right thing, instead of following after sin, selfishness, and corruption, is enough to get the ball rolling, and create a snowball effect. After years of seeking goodness, love, and virtue, one may grow to know God on a personal level, upon the basis of shared interests, a common purpose of altruism, and the desire for a truly mutual, real and loving, intimate relationship. God is only ever as real as I treat Him to be. If I diligently follow after the Lord, trying my hardest to cater to what He would want for me instead of what I would want for myself, then, eventually, a personal and intimate relationship is developed. This relationship is the one true basis of all meaning and lasting significance in life.
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To call the bluff of any evil-minded stray sheep from this world’s flock, and instead lift one’s sights to acknowledge God’s power and influence over this world, is to have faith in God’s underlying love for us all, and is enough to tap into His salvation. Such is God’s love that nothing evil could ever truly know victory, because of the omnipotence of His almighty perfect will.
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To align to God’s perfect and almighty love, never to compromise in upholding that ideal, as like unto the Cross of Christ, is to enable God’s Own victory in any circumstances. Truly, by the works of faith to uphold such Love, no other force in God’s creation could ever possibly prevail.
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โ˜ƒ๏ธ
“Where there is love, there is no question.”
(-A “Yogi” tea label)

“I’d go to Hell for you too!”๐Ÿš€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ‘ฝ
“…Hey, is that a ‘Five Star’ notebook”?๐Ÿ˜œ
Loyalty is invaluable and “Invictus.”๐Ÿฉ

Due season? Is that, like, around Lent?
“Stay Frosty.”โ˜Ž๏ธโ›„๏ธ๐ŸŽฉ

Holy Thursday 4/13/17
๐Ÿ”ฆ
“Semper Fidelis:” Always Faithful
I like your green beret! Are you French?
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(Selections from:)
-Matthew 16
-Psalm 16
-Hebrews 11
-1 Corinthians 6
-Matthew 6
-Thomas Merton’s Prayer

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

“Balanchine, but not Rushin'”๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿƒ
When I rush ahead of God, Him occupying the Kingdom as the Eye of my mind and the Temple of my soul, by failing to set Him first, considering Him and placing His will as my priority in any of my thoughts or my actions, then I remove myself from Him. When I do not dwell with God in the eternal Kingdom of Heaven accessed from within my own mind, via His All-Seeing Eye, then by my own choices and impulses I move away from Him, and do not abide. To be a stray lamb is to succumb to the self, as to the frowardness of the ego and following after self-direction and instant gratification, instead of after the patience to wait upon God, seeking to serve His will. In putting God first, with my wish to please Him ahead of all else, He will always be with me, keep me safe, and preserve me.

“This Generation”๐ŸŽ‹
Growth towards God instead of towards sinfulness is easy to determine through the Step 10 practice of a spot-check moral inventory, wherein I quickly assess my motives in any given task, thought, or action. Am I motivated by selfishness, self-seeking, or self-enhancement? Or am I motivated by my desire to never be apart from the Lord, and to bless Him in all that I do? Do I seek to glorify myself, as vanity, or to glorify God, by practicing virtue and humility, to keep me in alignment to Him?

“Growth and Generation”๐ŸŒธ
The ability to wait is the first skill and tool necessary for peace, and the serenity made possible only by dwelling with God. An easy way to determine where my heart is would be to check for a sense of urgency or immediacy to any of my thinking or actions. It is only ever the behest of Satan, otherwise known as the impulse towards sin that lingers within us all, that would lead me astray towards the pursuit of instant gratification, as to satisfy a selfish need or carnal desire “right now.” God wishes for us to wait, to linger and dwell with Him in our heart and thoughts. I am to let God go ahead of me in my thoughts and decision-making processes, to keep me safe. By following after God instead of a worldly path of temptation, or selfish sinful desires, and in refusing and abstaining with temperance from earthly pleasures, I may avail myself to the only satisfaction I truly crave, which is only ever, simply, to be within God’s presence. God’s Eye must precede all else in my mind, and he will not urge us to rush, as to rush and hurry means to precede God, and thus to deviate and veer from His will.

“Perils of Obedience, on the Sea”๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿ’ฆ
Following after instant gratification leads one away from God and the pleasure of acknowledging and noticing His presence, within “the moment,” and is the beginning of the compulsion to rush, towards addiction after addiction, all empty quests that will never satisfy the hunger within my soul that is actually just for God’s love, care, and attention. In giving God my undivided attention, with the utmost devotion, He fills that emptiness and craving within my heart and soul with His divine and palpable, fervent, ecstatic love. The Step 3 practice of giving up control over my reins or my will, as giving up the self-direction that follows after impulsivity and heeds the immediacy of cravings instead of God, is the sweet surrender of my life and my will to the calmness of the moment, merely by ceasing to struggle against it, and just relinquishing control and conceding to God’s care. Letting go to God and this moment in Time will always allow me to reestablish contact with Him, and with that peace and serenity that is only found from seeking God first.

“Chief ‘Flying Turtle’s’ Reservation”๐Ÿ’ก
In resisting the urge for immediate action, and by the diligent and persistent practice of self-control and self-restraint, through the act of offering myself up to God to care for and look after, I will learn patience. Patience is the result of much effort and mental exertion, to refrain from heeding the calling of the impulses, or the self, and to instead meditate in stillness upon God. To be able to stay in the moment, without rushing from chore to chore in an endless fiasco of futile pursuits, to be able to simply “just be,” and to be okay with just being, with right now being as it is, is to come to the “standstill” that is within the chaos or whirlwind of the human mind, and to grasp upon God and His kingdom.
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To refrain from selfish endeavors, as preoccupations pertaining to myself or the fulfilling of my own needs, is to make room in my thoughts for God, to allow Him to reside in my heart, as the mind’s Eye. In allowing my thoughts to be stayed upon the idea of God, I know peace beyond all understanding, by His own gift of grace. When I am able to resist the urges of the ego and clear my head of extraneous thoughts or useless clutter, I make an acceptable sacrifice unto the Lord, as the only truly honorable welcome He will entertain. I clear the channel of my soul, as the thoughts within my mind, and I offer that space up as a gift to God and Jesus. This is God’s path of peace for us all, as the means by which we may elevate our minds to His spiritual plane and humbly “walk with God,” therefore knowing peace. To meditate upon God is to follow after the love and virtues that comprise His will, and to recognize and acknowledge His omnipresent guidance and care for me in all aspects of my life. To love God is to practice the humility and gratitude to accept my life as it is, and just be content. The beautiful paradox is that the more I accept my current conditions without seeking to change them, without pouring my attention and energies outward into my external environment, to more my focus drifts inward, via acceptance, to the true joy and love that only ever comes from God, as His presence found within me.

“Radical Acceptance”โ˜Ž๏ธ๐Ÿ”ฆ
To refrain from a false sense of immediacy, and to practice refraining from following after the urge to rush around from activity to activity, or from idea to idea, is to know the peace of living in the moment, and the radical acceptance, as the gift from God, to be happy and content “right here right now.” God is omnipresent, and is always found within the present moment of Time–the only thing that can ever keep me away from God is myself. In being able, through diligent practice to exercise my skill and ability of patience, to resist urges and keep my mind, or Eye, open and unclogged as a channel for God’s use, I am eventually and necessarily able, as the effects of practice and learning, to get out of my own way, and to finally know God. God will speak, if I will but listen. Being chosen of God is universal to every living thing, but the choice to heed that call is mine alone. “Chosen” simply means to answer the call, as the calling of God, and to choose for oneself to be One with God.

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

โ„๏ธ”Smoke and Mirrors”
We are all unique and beautiful snowflakes. Destined to fall, and yet destined to arise. -Tyler Corrects Durden

๐Ÿ”ฅ”Angel Gabriel”๐Ÿ’จ
…I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings.
(Luke 1:19)
…that stand in the presence of God.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gabriel

Good Friday 4/14/17
๐Ÿ•ฏ”Stardust” (2007)
“Is that a ‘Babylon Candle?’ Make a wish.”
You, Here, Now.
Ashes to ashes, dust to Stardust.
๐Ÿš€”Starship Troopers” (1997)
Dizzy: “But it’s OK, because I got to have you.”
๐Ÿ’ซ”Gattaca” (1997)
Vincent: “You wanna know how I did it? This is how I did it Anton. I never saved anything for the swim back.”

“The Corps”๐ŸŒŠ
Nemo Resideo: “No One Left Behind.”
๐Ÿ’ Extraction Mission: Seek and Recover; Return the Eye of Providence to its Owner.
๐Ÿ’ฆ
๐Ÿ“ฏMurphy’s Law:
“Anything can, and will, and already has, happened.”
Amen: It has been spoken, let it be written.
(Selections from:)
-Matthew 5
-Luke 15
-Luke 16
-John 18
-Ephesians 5
-Revelation 2

“Children of Light”๐ŸŒŸ
Putting first things first means prioritizing the welfare of the entirety of the herd, and adhering with all honesty, in truth and total transparency, to the tenets of morality. To follow after the Lord and welcome Jesus into one’s heart, one would do well to practice His preaching. To truly lay to heart the spiritual principles and ideals of virtue in Christ’s teachings is to become like a disciple of Christ oneself, and internalize that spiritual beauty of love through the corresponding practices of faith. Faith without works is dead, but by these works, fueled through divine love for and from God, anything at all is possible. God does not submit to the laws of nature, which He commands according to His will. Thus, in following after the dictates of the conscience, as the teachings of Christ, one may sidestep the encumbrances of natural law and the limitations of man or physics, through grasping onto something far more basic, powerful and fundamental.

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

“The Body of Christ”๐Ÿ”ฅ
In refining my motivation, as wants and desires, to “just God,” I align myself to His inherent victory over all adversaries, by simply being His instrument, or the hand by which He may demonstrate His power here on Earth, as a cooperative co-pilot, faithfully united to His will and leadership, rather than my own, in all Our endeavors. I do not ask how or why, or even when, but rather, I simply trust without questioning, as such loyalty and steadfast trust is what love in action looks like, as that crucial “leap of faith.” I know my part is merely to be an appendage, or an apparatus, for God’s Own plan and design, and I try my hardest simply to keep my ego in check, and to not disobey or overstep my bounds by attempting to be self-directed, or to “wag the dog.”

“The Godhead”โœจ๐Ÿ’ซโœจ
When the endless knot of God’s creation inevitably makes that final loop, as the anomaly of humanity displaying God’s Own divine, perfect will of self-sacrifice, in the name of Love, then that reciprocity to God, is the completion and finishing touch to God’s masterpiece, drawing Him back into our world, by doing for Him what only He, divinely, had ever before done for us. In putting on the breastplate of faith and love, as the righteousness that is only ever embodied by singleness of purpose, or unity of will and vision, with God, then God’s plan is realized as we learn and demonstrate that path of Christ, of faith. In returning the gift of Christ’s charity for our salvation, and paying it forward to the next lost soul in need of assistance, the karmic knot, or the evolution of God’s Own true love, is finally fulfilled and returned back to Him, as the perfect gift to Our Maker, and thus His plan may be fulfilled as the prophesies of the ages all come to pass, ushering Him back into His Own creation as Family, in the blessed unity of the holy Trinity.

Adopting God!
“The Frog Prince of the Evil Eye”
Prince Charming๐ŸธMaster of Disguise:
“Help me, I’m in Hell!”
“Ok, I’m coming for you…”

A True Story:
“Not without my ‘Ribbits.'”๐Ÿ‘‘
(God Winks!)

Antipas: Against All Odds.โ›‘
“Gotcha!”โฃ๏ธ

Holy Saturday 4/15/17
“All I care about is You!”
(Please don’t leave me alone again!)
๐Ÿ“ฏ
“Solo Deo Gloria:” Only for God.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soli_Deo_gloria
โšก๏ธ
(Selections from:)
-Exodus 33
-Psalm 22
-John 19
-John 8
-Luke 17
-Matthew 24
-Psalm 118
-Revelation 5
-Revelation 12
-Revelation 13
-Revelation 19
-Revelation 22

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

“Co-Mingled”โ˜๏ธ๐ŸŒˆ
An outpouring of blood and water rushed from the piercing in His side. A most sacred mystery is that of Christ’s mortal, human existence, here with us on Earth, but while still remaining divine and holy, immortal, as the Son of God. Christ is sent here as the Ambassador of God, as His messenger to bestow God’s Word and teachings, as instructions and blessings. In following these suggestions, choosing for ourselves, by free-will, to adhere to these ordinances and directives, we lay ourselves open and prone, splayed forth in all trusting innocence, to the divine mercy and grace of the all-powerful Lord God.

“Servant of the Lord”๐ŸŽ
The water and blood represent the duality of Christ as our Brother here on Earth, as He embodies our own human nature in the susceptibility to the sins and emotions of mankind, and yet, He bears the covenant, or the trust, in God’s promise of safety, care, salvation, and dominion over all things as God’s, even power over death. In trusting and declaring the One True God as the One True Reality, and renouncing this sinful world, by rejecting the idea that it has any bearing upon the immortal Soul, Christ showed us the path to the Father, as how to attain and keep His covenant with loyalty, and thereby attain God’s Own vow of eternal life in the promised land, in His Heaven. Thou shalt love the Lord, thy God. Thou shalt have no gods before Me. Thou shalt keep all My Commandments.

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

“Just a Second…Coming!”๐ŸŒŠ
To bring one’s Son to the sacrificial altar, as Abram did with Isaac, and as the Father did with Jesus, is to prove that love, by trusting in God over and ahead of all else. Why fear death when God has assured His love, and His promise of preservation? I trust God, and so necessarily, I cannot believe in or fear the false god of death without being disobedient. To disobey the Command to trust, as to love, the Lord Our God, is to refuse His promises. To trust in God, in accordance with the First Law and Commandment, means that I cannot invest my trust, as my vision of reality, my belief of what’s real, or my sense of security, in any source other than my God. In clinging and holding tight to God, by rejecting all other purported or man-made realities, and thus, have to no gods before Him, I may avail myself to God the Father, the Person, and receive Him properly and factually, by accepting His Own reality. God is only as real to me as I acknowledge Him to be. In avowing God, by renouncing the world, I will necessarily, by His Own decree, get to take part in His Own plan and vision, and thus actually receive the gifts and promises that have for so long been prophesied and foretold as Truth.

“Immutable”๐Ÿ”ฅ
There is no new law–to love the Father one must idealize and adore the Father, thus leading one to attempt to imitate that perfection of His self-sacrificing Love. That water, that typhoon of sin and human emotion within each of us, may be stayed and soothed as we reside in God’s Eye, and thus we can be accepting and loving even while in the midst of this hurricane, this whirlwind of life, simply because we trust and take refuge in the Lord our God.

“Blood of the Heart”๐Ÿ’”
He has etched His Word into all of our hearts, as frontlets over our foreheads, as His seal of Ownership over us, as His Own people. Any private property of God, thus, all of Creation, is sacred, and is not to be touched or harmed no matter what may happen, no matter what evil befalls me. To retaliate against any evildoer would mean to injure some component of God Himself, as He is All, and so I would sooner submit to any mistreatment, with knowing and abiding trust in His love, than to lash out against anyone. I am merely a steward of my lot, my soul, and in turning the other cheek rather than to harm any element of God’s creation or His people, is to tap into that same God, and receive His favor, and thus access His care and protection, as His recompense and reciprocation of Love. To deny that obedient service to God, as gentle stewardship over all that is His, is to cut oneself off from the power and eternal promise of that same God, Our Creator, YHWH.๐Ÿ’›

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

“Only God is Real.๐Ÿ’งAll Else is a Gift.”
To see the distinction drawn between the dualistic natures of Christ, is to see the difference and separateness between the opposing natures of an immortal God and of a mortal man, of blood and water, within one living Man. Christ embodies this miracle of co-mingling, of man and God existing simultaneously within one Being, as a demonstration of all the forces that may be at play within God’s creation, all converging within the body of one Person, to model and illustrate His Own necessary triumph, the eternal victory of God’s Love.

…Truly, “Just God” is Enough!
๐Ÿ’ฆ
๐Ÿ‘ผ

“The Lion”๐Ÿ‘ป
Revelation 5:5
5ย And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+5&version=AKJV

“V-Day: Dรฉjร  Vu.”๐Ÿ’œ
Revelation 12:7-17

“Good News! It’s an Open Invitation”๐Ÿ—ž๐Ÿฉ
Revelation 13:8

“My Hobby Horse”๐Ÿ•Š
Revelation 19:11-16

โœ’๏ธ”To Repay Doubly: 0 x 2=0″๐Ÿ˜
To have one’s name in the “Book of Life” is to follow the Commandments, as they are, and ever will be, and always have been issued to us, through the moral compass of God’s Eye, as our eternal Soul, and personal access to His Living Word, etched as frontlets upon our foreheads, inborn and within all living beings. To choose Life, is to follow the Conscience.

“A Charitable Interpretation:” is Correct.๐Ÿ˜œ
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โ›ฒ๏ธA Word to the Wise: I don’t think that “Times New Roman” counts as a Baptismal Font. Immerse yourself in living!

Easter Sunday 4/16/17
๐Ÿฃ๐Ÿ‡โ˜ฆ๏ธ
“Swan Song: V-Formation”๐Ÿ“ฏ
๐Ÿค”Dove” right in.
๐Ÿ’ง
Trinity: In a Blaze Paschal’s Triangle๐Ÿ’ฆ
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pascal%27s_triangle

“Eastertide”๐ŸŒŠ
(Selections from:)
-Hebrews 8
-1 Corinthians 13
-Job 38
-Job 42
-A Shaker Hymn
-Red Hot Chili Peppers

๐Ÿ‘ฏ
An Easter Bunny Duet…
(Job? Well, Not Exactly “Unemployed”)

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

“Change is Necessary Generation”๐Ÿ––๐ŸŽ‹
In accepting the weight of the blame for my pain or personal suffering, it is logically entailed that, if I change, the pain from my fault will disappear and I will feel better! Accepting personal faults is my path to bliss and comfort amidst life’s daily fears, hassles, stresses and struggles. I accept the fault, and the struggle to change and make corrections, because that is the answer, the solution, the path, and the Way of Christ. In shouldering the burden of sin without deferring responsibility or deflecting, by blaming others sinfully, when I bear the burden of responsibility for a problem, then I get control over the solution. As I practice self-improvement, any solution is within my hands, or under my control, as contingent upon my own freewill, as willingness and obedience to follow after my Hope of God. Accepting rebukes to make changes is the means by which I experience the alleviation of pain. I take joy in a correction and apologizing to God for my own distress, because that means that making a change in myself, by changing my behaviors or attitudes, will bring me right way round to success, or the joy of realizing the grace of God’s way. Without admitting fault, there is no change, nor improvement, nor growth with and towards God’s ideals, of perfect love.

“Ante-Flows: Freewill the Wild Card”๐Ÿƒ
If I don’t keep admitting to God and Jesus that I could be following Them better, then I reject their help, tutelage, salvation, and the resulting growth towards happiness. To grow with God, alongside the dendritic projections of His will of eternal love, is the purpose of being alive in the first place. To refuse to admit faults, joyously accept corrections, and continually to adapt and evolve spiritually, through changing my thoughts and behaviors, is to refuse God. To desire to continue to improve and develop towards His endless ideals of infinite perfection is to please the Lord. To grow alongside God’s virtues of love and goodness is to partake in the ongoing communion, as a conversation and active discourse, that is the path of His Eternity. In following after this “White Rabbit,” this Paschal Sacrifice of selfless, trusting love, is to emerge from the sins of the world just like that Easter Bunny, victorious in Love.

“From Whom All Blessings…”โœ’๏ธ๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ’™
All we ever really have is each other, by the love that unites our everlasting souls, as we surrender them into the trust of our Lord God. God’s Trust is the only vault worthy for the safekeeping and investment our hearts and minds, or rather, our souls. In respecting and valuing our own spirit, in a constant, personal, unique, and intimate, relationship with God the Father, as a real relationship with an actual omnipresent, omniscient, and omnipotent Person, then and only then, may we officially be capable of having a real, truly loving, selflessly charitable, and mutually kind and caring relationship with anyone else.

“Temple of God: Peace of Mind”๐Ÿฆ‹
In partaking in conversation with God, as an active participant in life, seeking Him and His council, I may enjoy the blessings of harmony and joy, as the “flow state” described in positive psychology theory. To be one with the moment is to be in the care of God, perhaps even inadvertently, and is a great description of the serenity made possible by acting upon the security made possible by faith, or letting go to God. Even just faith in the simplicity of one’s actions, as the knowledge that the process or project is good, or worthwhile through being well-intended, is a practice of love and trust, and so is a step out into the light of God’s love and God’s reality.

“Magic: With the Current of God”๐Ÿ‘‹๐ŸŒŠ
Practicing faith, to honor the Father, is to do what seems right and just, acting with prudence, and then accepting the ease and security He offers as we obey our consciences. To “actually proceed to do” what I know deep down in my soul to be right, as wholesome, good, healthy, or loving, must necessitate the resultant sense of love, or harmony with God’s plan, as a Oneness with Him, as if suspended in Time and space. If I am doing the best that my conscience commands, then there is no way for worry, doubt, fear, or anxiety to steal my peace of mind, or to penetrate that protective shell of God’s love, as the forcefield erected through steadfastly abiding by His love and His righteousness. In exercising diligence to sidestep vice and temptation, exerting and exalting trust, hard-work, and effort to the utmost of my ability, without deviation from the ideals of God’s virtues as goal-posts, fueled by my desire to please and emulate a perfect God, as only Love is Perfection, then I could not possibly be made to feel guilty.

“Supernatural Noah’s Ark”๐Ÿฆ„๐ŸŒˆ
Synchronicity, as God’s reciprocity to my good intentions, is a beauty, a joy, and a source of Awe and Wonder, as a fruit of my labor and God’s Own reassurance to me that, “He’s got me,” and that I am safe and sound in His arms unseen, no matter what. Little signs of comfort, as tender mercies and gentle reminders of His care, keep me on track within His will, as little bubbles of serenity that pave the way for each of us in this joyful mystery and adventure of life. I surrender to God by right living, and have the ongoing sense of being cradled and held within the amniotic fluid of His River.

“The Creator: ๐ŸณCall me Ishmael.”
(I AM: “Chronos,” AKA “Yahweh”)
The Ultimate Creator of the Cosmos by hatching the Orphic Egg with Ananke.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chronos
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yahweh
๐Ÿ’ฆ

“To Choose: My All-Time Favorite Chapter”
1 Corinthians 13

“Trust: You Don’t Know My Reasons”
Job 38:1-11

“To Marvel at Yah’s Ways”
Job 42:1-9

“Simple Gifts”
By Elder Joseph

“Dark Necessities”
By Red Hot Chili Peppers

๐Ÿ“•”My Extracted Writings”
5. “The River: Eastertide”

The River: Eastertide๐ŸŒŠ
๐Ÿ’ฆA continuation of:
“The Living Word is Loving,”
“Our Daily Bread,”
“Communion,” and
“The Living Word is our Eucharist”
…Bible Verses with Running Commentary

Easter Monday 4/17/17
…Magnanimity and Anonymity.
“Raise Jesus? What, like a buzz-cut?”๐Ÿค”

“Don’t Tread on Me”๐Ÿ
(Selections from:)
-1 Corinthians 13
-Cicero
-Charles Dickens
-William Blake
-Robert Frost
-Buddhist Proverb
-2 John
-1 John 3
-Benjamin Franklin
-Psalm 91

“The Great Seal” ๐ŸŒŠโ›ฉ
“We must, indeed, all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately.” (-Benjamin Franklin, In the Continental Congress just before signing the Declaration of Independence, 1776.
http://www.ushistory.org/valleyforge/history/franklin.html

๐Ÿ”Resurrection”๐ŸŒณ
The great wave of relief comes as a sudden surge, like a second wind. Instantaneously, as I come to understand that I cannot prevail upon my standing in life, and that the situation I am faced with is simply so much for me to bear, I am free, in that very same instant. What one “let’s go” to matters. When my own resources fail me, all that is left is sheer belief, as the underpinnings of my faith. I let go to the God who is Everything, and finally, I cease to struggle against the tide. When I let go, I do not surrender to death, to sin, to corruption, or to evil and despair. I simply cannot believe that any of those things have any bearing over God’s reality.

๐ŸŒน”Hypostatic not Hypomanic”๐Ÿฅ€
I cannot prevail of my own, but alas! I am not alone. I am never alone. God is here always, as it has been proclaimed since the dawn of Time. The more thoroughly I realize, as epiphany after epiphany unfurls, that God is within and beneath all things, even my own flesh and blood, the more I feel at peace, rescued by relinquishing my own self. As I let go of that which is me, all that is left is my belief, as my faith in God. In this way, the more devastated and razed my internal terrain becomes, as the garden of my heart within my mind’s Eye is laid to waste, I am simultaneously laid to rest, as the illusion and veil of my own ego and self is utterly released, disintegrating to reveal the greater glory and the path, that all too frequently, is not chosen, in favor of sin.

“Stonecraft Serenity:๐Ÿ’งSeafaring Vessel”
The mirage of my ego’s singularity is completely ravaged, set afire in a burst of magnificent bittersweet irony; the most intense agony I could know coexisting with the most heavenly divine bliss of God’s love, as religious ecstasy. This facade, this fallacious man-made idea that a self could ever exist in separation from the One True God above, crumbles away, to reveal in all starkness this great fact; God is here, God is with us, God is all. God is.

๐ŸŽ‹”Truth Matters and Materializes”
In letting go to the strength of belief, of faith, the path not chosen, is exhaled. Faith is only possible when it’s true, and the truth of God is the perfection of Love. In intuiting correctly the essence of Love underlying all existing things, one may hang upon the glory of that eternal God, rather than upon that “fork” in the road.

โ˜Ž๏ธ”The Hand I was Delta”โฃ๏ธ
In giving up the Ghost, the reality chosen, as that which exists in my absence, is just God the Father, and Jesus the Son. Peeking out from behind my rainclouds, ready to pounce, are the blissful rays of sunlight of God’s Truth, Love, and Joy. If I never felt such devastation and the totality of defeat, I would never have known God. The means by which I suffer are the life of me, because those agonies and trials are the exact same avenues by which I may give way to the resounding triumph of God. In one long exhalation. In one long exaltation, my sorrow is my only joy, because it is the only means by which I would ever have the need to give up on myself and let His burst of Love shine through, in all the dazzling magnificence of a brilliant diamond, a Star of David.

๐Ÿ“ฏ”Play the Trump Card”๐Ÿ’–
As I let go of the sickness and cruelty of a tribulation, of that inversion of what could be and of what God would will for it to be, and concordantly let go to my faith in God, then at that perfect instant of claiming God as reality, the last trump is sounded. In the perfection of Our convergence upon His one true will, my sorrow and death of sin breaks open, and gives way to God. There is no power, no belief of a purported reality, that could ever contend with God, as He always prevails in perfect victory whenever so called upon. Perfect love, perfect selfless love of Christian charity, “beareth all things,” indeed, “endureth all things,” because that charity is Our God.
(-1 Corinthians 13:7)
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Corinthians+13&version=AKJV

Tuesday 4/18/1
“Happily Ever After”๐Ÿ“–๐ŸŽผ๐ŸŽถ
I was “raised” Presbyterian… but “Up” is a direction that keeps going. “Up” is not just a “final resting place.” “Up” is a path of spiritual progress with and towards “God.”
โ˜ฆ๏ธ
“Keep Going”
Up is a direction, not a destination.๐Ÿ‘ผ
๐ŸŽถ
“Psalmistry and Adoration”๐Ÿ”ฎ๐Ÿ––
(Selections from:)
-Psalm 16
-Psalm 91
-Psalm 121
-Psalm 118
-Romans 8
-Romans 13
-1 Thessalonians 5
-Ephesians 6
-Psalm 65

๐ŸŽถ
(Prelude)
Psalm 28:7
Psalm 91:9
“Hallelujah”
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hallel

๐ŸŽถ
“The Pas de Deux”๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ•บ๐Ÿป
The Psalms are the framework I use to model my thoughts and prayers after. I try to pray without ceasing, as a never-ending cascade of spiritual sustenance rippling through my consciousness all day long. The beauty and marvel of the Psalms, as I invest the Time to really meditate on them and immerse myself in that hope and the sentiments expressed by King David, is the the fanciful interplay of voices, as the exchange of feelings and thoughts that emerges between King David and God.

“Responsorial Psalm”๐Ÿฅ€๐ŸŒน๐ŸŽถ
I love the way I can see, through studying the outline and dialogue in the Psalms, the way that King David shapes and molds his heart, fashioning it after his idealization of God, as He believes God would have it. King David had been known, by his own admission, to be a man after the heart of God Himself, seeking to reside within the favor and good graces of the Lord. To be pleasing and acceptable in God’s sight is a motivation that I find great joy in nurturing and cultivating as well, as like unto a garden in my mind of good intentions, and a vast library of volumes of altruistic ideas.

“Voice of God Summoned”๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿ›ฉ๐ŸŒˆ
One verse that first stood out to me as representing this unique interplay between the prophet and the Poet, as a means by which one’s heart may be molded into an acceptable image and purified, so that one’s pleas and supplications may be heard, is from Psalm 91, as “Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge,
even the most High, thy habitation; there shall no evil befall thee,” (Psalm 91:9-10a). God speaks through and to King David, as King David makes His motivations known to Him. God and King David both shine forth within this single verse, as God reassures King David that no evil will befall him while King David interjects with the praise, “God is my refuge,” (Psalm 91:9b).
๐Ÿ’บ
“Here, Here! Whom are You Addressing?”
I can see in another of my favorite lines how King David correctly chooses the righteous inheritance, of God Himself, and this choice leads to direct reciprocation from the Lord. “The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot” (Psalm 16:5). It is neat to see the progression in this verse, as it contains that point of transition wherein one establishes contact with God. The Psalms often begin by addressing God in the third person, as “He,” but partway through the dialogue, as King David’s heart is more closely aligned to thoughts exalting God, he is drawn into God directly, and he begins to use the second person, as “Thou,” to address the Lord God.

“Trust Fall! (Gotcha!)”๐Ÿ‘
To watch the beautiful progression where King David bears his heart and soul, his fears and worries, but then casts them out as he explores them in light of the Lord, choosing to trust in God as his Savior, is quite moving, and brings tears to my eyes. God honors this righteous trust that King David offers him, with purity of innocence, as an acceptable sacrifice unto the Lord. The Lord God is good and righteous, and He would never forsake anyone in that sin of disloyalty or cruelty, for He is good! God smiles upon this praise of His mercy and goodness, and draws me nearer to Him, under the security of His wing, within the fold of His flock and His safekeeping.

“Shield and Swashbuckler”๐Ÿ›กโš”๏ธโœ๏ธ
Life for me is a never-ending journey of spiritual growth, or “follow the Leader,” as He leads the way. As I abide, God’s infinite goodness continues to unfold, as His tender mercies in times of rough waters, and as the little ecstasies of ร gapฤ“ that burst forth as I successfully cling to Him, as like a never ending voyage where the reward and goal is to keep within the orbit of this “moveable feast,” to abide with the Leader God as He provides the map, the terrain, the itinerary, and each objective along the way, from His secret bag of tricks, or the booty and plunder of His magic, His heavenly and eternal virtues.
๐ŸŽถ

“Happily Ever After”โœ’๏ธ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฆ„
Psalm 118:14-16; 27-26
๐ŸŽผ
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๐ŸŽถโœ’๏ธ๐ŸŽผ
It is such a joy to partake in these๐ŸŽถnotes!

๐Ÿ•ถ”Neo’s Astigmatism”
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stigmata

โฃ๏ธ”Trinity’s Family”
(-The Princess Bride, 1987)
“Inconceivable!” …Conceived.๐Ÿฅš๐Ÿ•Š
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apostles%27_Creed

๐ŸŒŠ”A See Not to be Parted”
Consubstantial: Sharing One Soul
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicene_Creed

๐ŸŽน”The Keys to the Kingdom”โœก๏ธ
๐ŸŽถ

Wednesday 4/19/17
๐Ÿ’ก”Eureka!” (That “Ah Ha!” Moment)
๐Ÿ˜‡
“Lighten up!”
โšก๏ธDefine “Disclaimer.” Lol!
AA Rule No. 62: โ€œDon’t take yourself too seriously.โ€ (Oops! ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ)
…I thought a “Disclaimer” was a warning to others to not claim ownership of my work!

๐Ÿ•ฏFaith:
“Don’t Be Afraid of your own Mistakes!”
(Selections from:)
-Acts 2
-Isaiah 62
-Revelation 22
-Judges 13
-Luke 1
-Matthew 28
-Stating the Obvious (Body Language)
-Kenosis
-Nepsis
-Theological Virtues
-Halo
-Oxford Dictionary and Thesaurus
-Ubi Caritas
-Archangel Gabriel

๐ŸŽถ(Prelude)๐ŸŽถ
Isaiah 62:11
Luke 1:19

๐Ÿšธ”Abide in the Presence of God”๐Ÿ’
To remain within the moment is to abide with God. To “stay,” or linger and abide within this present moment in Time is to relinquish all other preoccupations, as all other temporal cares and concerns of the past or future. When this channel of the soul, as the thought content of my mind, is cleared free of the blockage caused by thinking about worldly or mundane distractions, therein will God emerge, right within my own conscious awareness. To refrain from extraneous distractions or tangential lines of thought, in order to instead attain contact with God the Father, is the purpose of focused meditation. To sacrifice my thinking, in order to be a channel, or vessel, of the Lord, is to empty myself in the practice of kenosis so that I may be filled with the greater joy of God. In the giving of myself, as selfish or self-directed thinking, is to prepare myself to be useful to God, and to be made ready for His greater purposes for me. My own best wisdom is a joke to God, because He, by taking one thought, can bend and break the laws of nature, and cause logic or wisdom to elude me. Even the laws or logic or reason rest upon His shoulders, and He may shrug them off as He pleases.

“Freewill to Freemason”๐Ÿฐ
When I feel myself start to submit to the urgings of my ego, or self-will, as the instinct for selfishness and immediate gratification, of impulsiveness of any sort, there is only one means by which I may once again regain that willingness to abide with God’s will instead of with my own self. The greatest of the theological virtues is charity, or the love between God and man, because this is the means by which I can foster and generate the power or the will, or that “willingness,” to continue in my path of faith, towards my hope of God. All too often I feel in the deepest pit of my soul that I cannot persist in an endeavor, and I am tempted to give up hope and succumb to defeat, as a fatalistic attitude. It works like magic though, that when I do give up on myself in these inevitable instances, albeit not to that self-will of defeatism but to my understanding of God, then I let go in cooperation with God. The only way I can cooperate with God is to follow His Commandments and to love. When I submit to personal defeat, and turn to God as my retreat and my refuge from the evils of the world, I just build up a sense of love for Him. I can no longer exert any influence upon my surroundings, so I take the only recourse I know, which is, simply to pray my affections up to God. It is always astounding, that when I think, or pray, up to God above, the profession of my faith that, “all I want is Him,” and that I love Him endlessly, more than life itself, then that simple choice, or act of will, as a decision I make within my heart despite what I may feel that angers or dismays me, as the sins of self-pity or resentment, then God smiles upon me and aligns me the rest of the way to His perfect will, and I once again have the willingness to abide. Only by charity is the willingness to obey and abide by God’s will ever possible, because that selfless sacrificial love is the fuel and lifeblood of God’s own essence.

“The Keys to the Key”๐ŸŽน๐Ÿ—๐Ÿฐ
When in doubt or despair and ready to give up; “love God.” Then and only then, by thoughts of love sent forth to God, may one generate the willingness, as power granted by God, to persist, as the means by which to resume the path of faith.

“Willingness is the Key”๐Ÿ›Ž๐Ÿ”‘
I enjoy the process of continuously relearning humility, by rediscovering my own powerlessness and weaknesses of sin or inability in any manner of novel ways. As I continue to discover my own inabilities and inadequacies, I may then, congruently, continue to discover God and His ability to make possible the impossible, in new and marvelous spectacular miracles. My own weakness is actually my strength, because it signals to me to “let go” of my own limited capabilities, and instead rely upon God, to let Him provide His infinite power.

“The Eucharist: This Is My Body…”๐Ÿฅ–๐Ÿฝ
(A Demonstration of our Human Nature)
The more humility I strive for in admitting my deficiencies, the greater my personal understanding and knowledge of God. If I never admitted that I needed help or required salvation from my inherent human tendency towards sin, then I would never be able to attain Christ’s gift of salvation. Thus, in daily prayerful remembrance of the Eucharist, by giving thanks to God for every mealtime blessing, I confess that the body of Christ was given up for me. I then eat the bread we break to acknowledge my part in that sin, that was our breaking of His physical body, at the crucifixion. By eating the bread, the body of Christ, I am acknowledging the sin that human nature entails, and thus reaffirming my need to follow the path of the Commandments and the teachings of the New Testament. In daily remembrance of His gift and charity, I am humbly admitting my need for His gift. In the breaking and eating of the Eucharist I am physically enacting my part in Christ’s death, and therefore realizing my own human nature, if I do not abide by God. The Eucharist is my admission of my part in God’s world, and agreeing to the stark fact of the extent of natural human sinfulness, which is inherent in all of mankind, whereby any of us could go so far as to execute the Lord. If left to our own devices, we are all capable of such sinfulness, as we are all equally human. In taking part in the Eucharist, I am admitting human nature as sinful, and thus availing myself to receive God’s gift of salvation, by accepting and following His will for me, which is to redeem, love, and save us all.

“Faith, Hope, and Charity”โ›ฝ๏ธ๐Ÿš€
Charity, as selfless love for God, or the exaltation of His love for me, fuels all subsequent miracles, as the source from which surges the outpouring of all life. Love for and from God, as a reciprocation and an ongoing dialogue and exchange, is the power and means by which the impossible is made possible. All things are indeed possible, though only through God.

“Fear Not!”๐Ÿ›ฐโœจ
An angel of the Lord is quite stunning and fearsome to encounter, by being visibly otherworldly and luminous, with the aura of a halo, or even a full-body mandorla. An angel may speak to display a full set of razor-sharp teeth, although they do not harm any humans. In fact, angels are actually commanded to love humans more than themselves, and are ordered to serve and protect all mankind, without being given the choice, or the freewill, by which to disobey, in being soldiers of God. They may frequently caution man not to be afraid, or to “Fear not,” because they may otherwise be quite frightful to behold.
โ˜๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ผโ˜๏ธ
โšก๏ธ

“Stating the Obvious” (Body Language)
http://m.petmd.com/cat/behavior/evr_ct_what-does-it-mean-when-a-cat-wags-tail

“Kenosis”
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenosis

“Nepsis”
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nepsis

“Theological Virtues”
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_virtues

“Halo”
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halo_(religious_iconography)

โšก๏ธA Follow-Up Question…
Define “Antichrist.”
“Oh, that must be Latin for Pre-Christ!”๐Ÿ˜‡
(Like, His mom!)๐Ÿ•Š

“Ante-”
ante- ‘antiโ–บ prefix
before preceding antechapel antecedent
from Latin ante before’
Oxford Dictionary of English 2nd Edition revised
ยฉ Oxford University Press 2005 All rights reserved
[Oxford Deluxe (ODE & OTE) iPhone Ap]

“Ubi Caritas”
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ubi_caritas

“Ubi caritas est vera, Deus ibi est.”
This translates as:
“Where true charity is, there is God.”
๐ŸŽถ

โšก๏ธDefine: “Gabriel.”
Archangel Gabriel: “God is my strength.”
(But I looked it up, lol! ๐Ÿ™„)
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gabriel_(name)

๐Ÿ’ฆFurther Clarification:๐ŸŒฌ

๐Ÿ’ฆ”The Archangel Gabriel”
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gabriel

๐Ÿ’ฆ”The Holy Spirit as Gabriel”
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holy_Spirit_in_Islam
๐Ÿ•Š

Thursday 4/20/17
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“B.-C.”
That chip on my shoulder? My last name! Ever since kindergarten, I’ve always signed my last initials B-C, and have bristled at the inevitable error of someone getting my name wrong. I’ve resented that Cross, the hyphenated Brown-Cross, at every turn. Perhaps that “chip,” is just a foothold, by which God can grasp and take hold of me.

“A Common Era”
I always see damaged, or “chipped,” items, as signs, somehow symbolic gestures of God’s care, and my real need for that care. If I didn’t recognize my “chip,” as my flaw or weakness and need for God’s help, then I’d never have had the need to find God!

“Before and After”
My flaws are my greatest feats, as they allow God’s grace to penetrate through me, thus revealing His glory, as far greater than the strength of any mere mortal. Coincidingly, my personal strengths, are my weaknesses, because they engender my own ego and oust out that place for God from within my psyche, or my soul.

“Oneness”
Without God, I am nothing. Without my weaknesses, I do not know God, and am nothing. The more humility, meekness, and trusting reliance for which I strive, the better off I am, for then, and only then, am I ever with God and Jesus, and am “One.”

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“A.D.”
“Roll Away your Stone”๐Ÿ’ 
๐Ÿ“ฏA Fairy Tail Ending…
Happily Ever After takes Hard Work!
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(Selections from:)
-The Little Engine That Could
-Beauty and the Beast
-Matthew 6
-Matthew 11
-Mark 10
-Matthew 12
-Colossians 3
-Revelation 6
-Psalm 16
-Proverbs 17
-Rumpelstiltskin
-The Little Mermaid

๐Ÿ“ข”The Importance of Selfless Giving”๐Ÿ”•
“Let not the left hand know what the right hand doeth;” this is a caution against taking pride in one’s acts of charity, and an encouragement towards anonymity. The anonymity of one’s good deeds, in the eyes of men, is absolutely essential for one to put oneself in the proper standing, as that of concern over one’s appearance in the eyes of God. One cannot serve both God and mammon, whatever form that mammon may assume. In disregarding the impressions of others, or one’s standing in the hearts of men, then and only then, may one grow to know God.

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๐ŸŒช”Polar Express: Lift the Fog of Clout”
In following the teaching of “not letting my left hand know what my right hand doeth,” I am recognizing that I cannot take credit for any acts of charity without defeating the purpose of charity. Charity is meant to be selfless giving, meaning, I cannot allow it to feed into my own ego and lead to self-enhancement, which bolsters my pride. Pride, in myself, is the fallacy and sin that blocks out the light of humility, and the recognition of my honest need for, and factual dependence upon, God. When I admit that all power is only ever of God, then I cannot allow my “left hand”, or “my ego,” to tally the total, and greedily sum up the worth, to derive self-worth, from the value of my almsgiving. In allowing my ego to stick its nose into that business is to lose sight of the act of “selfless giving.”

“To Make It Count?๐Ÿš‰Don’t Keep Track”
Knowledge of the goodness of my deeds is something towards which I strive to turn a blind eye, lest I mistake that goodness as originating from my own righteousness, instead of the grace and goodness of God. No one is ever righteous, save for God, and any righteousness, or goodness, that I may know, I must always attribute to God. Any charity that I bestow, is merely God working through me, as a conduit of love. In allowing my own self to be merely a channel, I give all glory and credit and worthiness to God alone, and pull back my ego from choking off that channel, or blocking it up, by trying to take credit for that which is a gift of God, through me.

“My Main-Line: Pick-Me-Up”๐Ÿ”ฅโ˜๏ธ๐ŸŒˆ
God accepts no gods before Him, be they money, children, romantic partners, occupations, as work or professional advancement, or any trivial concerns. Anything that is not the desire for God, is something that could become a mammon. God Himself provides all of these things, so striving after them instead of after God, is to Him mere foolishness and vanity. God is jealous, and any pursuit which draws one away from Him, and the service of His will of selfless love and the virtues, cuts one off from God, and His will of love. One may choose God, or not-God. There is only God’s will or self-will of ego and sin, and there is no ambiguity or in-between.

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โค๏ธ”True Love”
God must always be my one and only pursuit in any of my doings, as only then will they remain within the stream of His love and goodness. Any endeavor undertaken without the desire of pleasing God and drawing nearer to Him, within His good graces, inevitably will draw one further away from God and His protection. Either We do it Together, in Love, or I can follow after self-will, pride, vanity, and sin.

“Cinderella in the Cinders”๐Ÿ‘ 
As it turns out, to veer from my desire to be of service to God is like death to me. If I try even the most seemingly noble or wholesome of tasks, like simply doing my homework or exercising, but do so without the clear and conscious intention of dwelling within the presence of God, I am inevitably disenchanted and distressed. If, however, I first set my sights upon God, with displaying and proving my love for Him by exerting mental or physical effort, then any task is innately fulfilling. Even a task as menial as changing the litter box, or washing dishes, is a worthwhile and magical experience when I do so with the love of and for God (& Jesus) in my heart.

“Make Good:๐ŸคOne Love”โ›“๐Ÿณ
God and Jesus are consubstantial, meaning that they share the same Soul, and so wherever Jesus is, so there is God, and whatever God wills, Jesus abides. Thus, so long as I let God, and therefore, both God and Jesus, precede me in my thoughts in any task or obligation, then anything that I might do brings me joy, solely because I know it pleases God. The only thing worth doing is actually just to please, or to serve the will, of God, because God’s will is the only good that there ever actually is. In seeking to honor or please the Lord God and the Lord Jesus, is to love Them by demonstrating faith. To demonstrate faith, one must trust Them, which is what the act of loving is. To love God is to trust Him, as to declare that He would never forsake us or betray any of us, as His will is the perfection of love, and thus, only, all that which is good. To forsake God’s trust, as to doubt His goodness and honor, or to fail to love Him and put Him first, before all other pursuits and desires, is to invalidate my end of His covenant, and thus will invalidate His promises and render them unattainable. This above all, truly, “love the Lord God.” From that starting point, all else falls into place accordingly, in accord with His will.

“The Root of All Evil”๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿ‘ˆ
In trusting God, as the most important, and “prerequisite,” of the Commandments, I practice refraining from worries or fears, seeing them as aspect of self-will, which is, in fact, the only alternative to God’s will, and as the ego, entails pride or vanity, and the root of all evil and sin, which is merely human nature itself, as a self-directed will.

“Our House”โ™ ๏ธ
A house divided against itself cannot stand, merely as a point of logic and fact. One could not have wrought good works, or cast out demons, from the point of being a demon, or rather, wicked or God-less, because a singular nature cannot oppose itself, by obvious logical necessity. Good does not come from evil, nor evil from good, as they are singular, separate, and opposing forces. It is simply stating the obvious, that “the logic does not stand,” that one could work of goodness if one were coming from a position of being an antichrist, or from evil. A demon, or an antichrist, cannot work in the name of God and Christ, any more than “Christ,” or, our Savior and “Messiah,” could stand as a sound concept if in the name of evil; these are logically unsound and irrational suppositions. Christ and His works are good, and so logically, could not possibly originate from “the opposition of good.”
โ™ ๏ธโ™ ๏ธโ™ ๏ธโ™ ๏ธโ™ ๏ธ
“A house divided against itself cannot stand,” and Christ does not work against Himself, nor could the Power of goodness oppose itself and still be “valid,” or “true” to being good. “You are either for Us or against Us,” as there is only ever good or evil, and there is no in-between. As such, any work that is done towards the greater good of altruism, or in the name of Christ and for God, cannot be wicked. Any work that is good must always, by both reason and necessity, be from God. To call a faithful Christian an “antichrist,” is that very same spirit of “antichrist” at work within that individual, or the one who casts that stone at Our House. As “a house divided against itself cannot stand,” in the “last days of the wrath of the Lamb, who, in this wicked generation, shall be able to stand?” I stand. I stand only because I bow down to God and Jesus. I eagerly wait upon the Second Coming of Christ.

“Play Host: House Guest Wins”๐Ÿ›Ž
All power and all good only ever is of God. With the choice to submit to God’s will, powered by the desire to please God and abide within His loving presence and perfect security of protection, by trust, one cannot fail under any circumstances. By this same line of logic, a House united in singleness of purpose, of God’s will of charity, is One unmovable and steadfast. In being of one heart and mind, of one Soul, with God and Jesus, then no power can prevail against us, because We are One with God. God is almighty, and thus, all the powers that be, are subject to God.

“The Last Trump:๐Ÿ“ฏAce Up My Sleeve”๐Ÿƒ
As long as I remain in unity with the perfectness of charity by seeking only God, first and foremost, before all else as my line of axis and point of orbit, then I live freely and firmly, planted by faith, in God. I may accept the hand life deals me, throw up my hands with joyful acceptance of my lot, and let the cards fall where they may. The House will stand, with “the lines fallen unto me in pleasant places” (Psalm 16:6a).

“Creative Approach”๐Ÿ—ฏ๐Ÿ’ก๐Ÿ””
With my trust in God, and His almighty trump๐Ÿ’™card, I can accept any difficult predicament or seemingly impossible scenario, and apply any sort of novel effort to prevail upon a creative solution, by making the assumption of God’s victory. I may also turn of the tables on my own self, and situation, by merely adjusting my attitude, and task-switching, to instead value the priceless humility that I will gain and learn from experiencing a loss or some sort of personal defeat. Thus, even in the midst of a failure, I can still walk away the victor, because I get to walk away with God, drawn ever closer into the fold of His wing, in that “secret garden” of His within my heart, His eternal Kingdom.
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“Ariel” and King “Try-a-Ton”๐Ÿ˜œ

“I Know God Can.”๐Ÿš‚
“I think You can, I think You can…”
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Little_Engine_That_Could

“Be Our Guest”
(A Childhood “Chip”)โ˜•๏ธ
From “Beauty and the Beast”
https://play.google.com/music/preview/Ty5zrm5qa2b3kzfiph6k3hkkxpi?lyrics=1&utm_source=google&utm_medium=search&utm_campaign=lyrics&pcampaignid=kp-songlyrics

๐Ÿ”Self-Sacrificial Love”
๐Ÿ”ฅScornful gloating really “gets my goat.”

“Vainglory: Sin of the Ego”
(The destruction that follows after pride.)
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rumpelstiltskin

“The Little Mermaid”
Hebrew Meaning:
The name Ariel is a Hebrew baby name. In Hebrew the meaning of the name Ariel is:Sprite; lion of God. A biblical alternate name for Jerusalem. Name of a prankish spirit in Shakespeare’s The Tempest.
http://www.sheknows.com/baby-names/name/ariel

Friday 4/21/17
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“The Lost Lamb and the Safety Net”
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(Selections from:)
-Prayer of Fร tima
-Proverbs 23
-2 Peter 3
-Luke 5
-Romans 12
-Luke 15
-Matthew 18
-Psalm 19

(Prelude)๐ŸŽถ
Proverbs 23:12
Luke 15:4-5
๐ŸŽถ

“Lost of Oneself to be Found of Christ”
๐Ÿ‘
“Broken…”๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™‰๐Ÿ™Š
Except in being converted, through seeking the instruction of the Lord instead of following after one’s own desires and the ways of man, one cannot avail oneself to the salvation of Christ or enter Heaven. To partake in the gift of our redemption, for which Christ sacrificed Himself on the cross, we must be willing participants in the adoption by God, and submit to what is entailed by avowing to be a child of God.

“Broke-Out: The Escape”๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿค๐Ÿฅ
There is a vast elemental safety net of God’s love interwoven throughout all of His creation, as the underpinnings of existence throughout the entire Universe. “God is not willing that any may perish, but that all may come to repentance,” or to develop a feeling of guilt for wrongdoing, and empathy for those wronged. In order to diligently Shepard the flock, He has set in place an elaborately constructed safety net, or support system, much like an unseen, underground networking of tunnels, pathways, filtration ducts, and protective “catch and release” systems, or safety hatches, to keep all lost souls within His reach, to be drawn safely into Him at the moment of desiring the mercy of God.

“The Stray Lamb”๐Ÿ’™โ›„๏ธ๐ŸŽฉ
“The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul:” (Psalm 19:7a-b), and as such, one could not possibly resist a mission trip to convert an evil soul in the name of God. By love for and from God, all evil is utterly transformed and converted to goodness, by God. To fear evil is to submit to evil, and is a breach of God’s covenant, to love Him and to walk in His ways, by following His Commandments instead of the foolish ways of man, of greed, ego, pride, and sin. If one loves God, by logical necessity one cannot submit to evil or claim defeat by human sin, because God is all-powerful and inevitably conquers all evil or vice. One must “fear,” or submit to, the Master of God, and His will of love, in order to be sheltered from the fear of evil as one’s motivator, or master, or any other force, because all such powers are ultimately subject the the almighty love of God’s will.

“Save Me!” (Ok!)โ„๏ธ
A stray Lamb in Hell must be retrieved forthwith if one wishes to abide by God, for the power of God’s love would entail a successful extraction and ransom for that Sheep. One could sacrifice oneself, and maintain peace of mind even in the midst of Hell, sheerly through one’s trust in the perfection of God’s will, by the knowledge that one is doing the right thing, through acting the part of Good Samaritan, just like it says in the Bible, so all will inevitably be well by abiding and fulfilling God’s path. One cannot be afraid of any Hellfire, hail or high water, when one trusts in God, and follows after one’s trust in His love and righteousness, through the works of faith, and acts to uphold and enact one’s belief in God’s love. When one loves God, there is necessarily nothing left to fear. God is love, and love always conquers any evil. Love is of God, and to love, is to “fear not.”

“Children of Light”๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿ””๐ŸŒˆ
God does not wish to punish; it is simply not in His nature of goodness and love. The idea of Hell is merely an appropriate placement to prevent a wicked soul, or one lacking empathy, compassion, and concern for the wellbeing of others, from inflicting harm among a vulnerable child. A child of God practices non-harm, and, like Jesus, would submit meekly to the wrath of His enemies sooner than retaliate, or inflict harm upon anyone for any reason. Thus, as an adopted child of God, one is perfectly loving and trusting, to bend in obeisance to the will of God, trusting in His almighty and omniscient wisdom instead of relying upon his own defenses or self. As such an innocent and defenseless creature, unwilling to retaliate or cause any harm to any other being, any souls such as these, as the children of the Light, who work in devout cooperation with God’s instruction and care, as instruments of love in submission to God, are especially vulnerable to the corrupt workings of evildoers, and are easily taken advantage of. In order to protect these chosen, upright, adopted children of Light, all those not working in cooperation with God are not given the opportunity to take such liberties with His Own children, and so are not permitted access to His Kingdom of Heaven. Only those adhering to God’s will instead of sin or self-gain are considered children of God, and of Light and Truth.

“Be a Lamb…Trust Fall!” ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ‘ผ
To sacrifice oneself, if by perfect trust and love for God, is to ensure reciprocation from God, by providing the necessary display of faith and commitment, of a true believer, to the covenant that God made. Self-sacrifice is my job, to make good on my end of the deal, in loving God, and my fellows, and abiding by all His precepts and Commandments. If I don’t trust God enough to die for Him, than my faith is not that of Abraham, who would blindly place his beloved son on that sacrificial altar, because he had such true and devout, unwavering loving trust, in God’s care and goodness, that He would never doubt God’s intentions, nor suspect Him of any malice. This “blind trust” may look naive to the sons of man, who comprehend only self-interest, achieving personal gain, or turning a profit through corrupt means, as the sinful retort of “what’s in it for me,” but it is merely just the purity and childlike innocence of real love, of God’s Own style of perfect, true, loyal, unquestioning, undoubting, undying, and self-sacrificial, love. It is this perfection of virtue and character that allows one favor in God’s Eyes, and a place in His Kingdom. All others who would intend to corrupt these delicate innocents are kept at an Arm’s length, lest they let their own profit-motive or power-lust to harm any of these in their double-dealings. One is a child of Light and an open book of honesty and upright dealings, or one is a child of darkness and deception by the practices of vainglory, greed, corruption, evil, ego, sloth, and sin.

“Light of Truth”
The difference is the honesty factor, as making known in the light of day one’s motives, rather than devising devious schemes under the cover of darkness and deception. It all starts with truth and honesty, without which, there is only ever darkness in one’s Eye. The truth of God’s love is the care and safety that allows us to be honest about our sins and naturally evil human natures, because God already knows us and He loves us unconditionally. He created us to need Him to be good, so we ought not to be ashamed if we cannot do so by our own means or mortal efforts. All love only ever comes from God, and it is extended to all of us, without exception; what separates the dark from the Light, is the “humility” to reach out and accept that Hand, that grace, or unmerited favor, of God’s perfect, blissful, wonderful charity.
โ„๏ธโ˜ƒ๏ธ๐ŸŽฉ
๐Ÿ’ฆ

Prayer of Fร tima
“Amen. O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those most in need of Thy mercy. Amen.”
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fรกtima_Prayers

๐Ÿ’™โค๏ธ๐Ÿ’›

Saturday 4/32/17
“The Third Eye”
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“The Book of Life: was to be written.”
๐Ÿ““๐Ÿ–Š (Prophesy)
My Initiative: “Truth Above All”
Inspired by the concept of the “Categorical Imperative,” by Immanuel Kant

(Selections from:)
-The Angel of the Lord, Gavri’el
-William Shakespeare
-Immanuel Kant
-Talledega Nights
-Matthew 11

“The Silver-Linings Playbook:”๐Ÿ“ฏโœ๏ธ
-Goal: Eliminate Evil (Promote the Good)
-Step 1: Q: What is the Origin of Evil and Human Corruption? A: The Darkness of Deception, as the Absence of Truth.
-Solution: Eliminate Deception to Eliminate Evil, thereby Necessitating Goodness.
-Creative Problem-Solving Approach to Arrive at the Solution:
-…Give Everyone A “Third Eye”๐Ÿ’ 

(Prelude)๐ŸŽถ
“This above all: to thine own self be true,โ€จAnd it must follow, as the night the day…”
-From “Hamlet,” by William Shakespeare
๐ŸŽถ

“The Highest Truth is God’s Love”๐Ÿ’™๐ŸŒˆ
๐ŸŽ–๐ŸŽ–๐ŸŽ–๐ŸŽ–๐ŸŽ–

“The Eye of God”๐Ÿฏ
This Third Eye, or the Eye of Providence, is a reflection of your own soul, as God sees you. It is a moral compass, and a gauge by which to practice morality, employ upright decision-making, and determine areas for improvement and ways in which to alter and change one’s behavior, in order to be acceptable in the sight of God. This Third Eye is the source of one’s contact and relationship with God, and is a fully-functional and adaptive indicator, or gauge, meaning that as a face or dial, it changes as the condition of your moral standing changes. When one modifies one’s behavior to refrain from immoral thoughts or actions, God is pleased, and the Third Eye will correspondingly change to reflect this. If your Third Eye is in Hell, then that is an indication of your path for the Hereafter based upon your current standing; this information is not to be feared, however, but rather to be attended to, thoughtfully considered, and reflected upon. This warning is to be heeded, by inquiring of God what to do differently and how to change, to improve one’s path, and thus aim instead towards His Kingdom of Heaven. One’s moral standing is fluid and fluctuates, and is not static or unchanging. If one ceases to act up rightly, thinks a mean-spirited thought, or performs an unkind deed, then one’s Third Eye will change to reflect this too. God is not a punitive “final-decision maker,” but rather, a constant Companion and Eternal Guide and Father-figure, to help us along the path and avoid the missteps of immorality. The Third Eye is to be sought for comfort, consolation, encouragement, inspiration, guidance, and advice. Life is not finite, it keeps going and changing and fluctuating, and so does one’s character keep evolving and changing, and so one’s standing before God is not finite, but infinite, and therefore, never final, or fixed in place. Life is an ongoing process, and as such, one’s moral standing and position with God is in a constant state of growth and development, and is always in-flux, as being subject to one’s ongoing path in life.

“The Instruction Im-Manuel”๐Ÿ‘ผ
The Third Eye is fully-functional, as a benefit and reward, of upright and moral living practices. It may be used by any morally-minded individual, for upstanding purposes only. Any intent to use God’s Third Eye for any sort of illicit, sinful, or corrupt and immoral purposes will convert that one’s Third Eye back to a Hell-state. Thus, the Third Eye is only useable as one continues to cooperate with God, following after His righteousness and thus acting accordingly. In abiding by the discipline of moral standards, using the ideals of the virtues as goal-posts for progress, one may abide in God’s love for all Eternity.

“The Categorical Imperative”๐Ÿ’™
I was inspired by Kant’s “categorical imperative,” as the idea that, if one always follows that certain “golden rule,” then one can be sure that one will be acting morally. I tried to apply this idea, of an overarching principle that one could follow to do no wrong, unto the problem of the human condition, and all the problems we all too often encounter on this Earth. I came up with a conclusion similar to that of Kant, which was that, if no one ever lied, then no evil would ever be committed. Thus, we could all attain a common, or Universally-shared wellbeing, and “peace of mind,” through the elimination of the ability of anyone to pass off a lie. With the intuition bestowed by God’s Eye, as our Third Eye, acting as an inborn moral compass and functioning much like a lie-detector, one could never fall for a lie or suffer the harm of corrupt motives. When we are all on the same page in knowing what is true and what is dishonest, then we have no cover of darkness, or ignorance, to enable the workings of an evil mind, and so may then start to work with each other in unity and cooperation, instead of against each other in selfishness or for immoral personal gain.

“Commandment: Truth Be Told!”๐Ÿ“œ
When we all have our “Third Eye,” or the Eye of Providence within each soul, open to the light of God, then no one can ever deceive us. In prying open the Third Eye, God’s Eye, one may effectively eliminate the workings of dishonesty, treachery, and deceit, which I propose to be the root of all known human evils and worldly corruption. One may certainly continue to lie, by the gift of freewill, but with our Third Eye open, we may consult God, to know instantly whether we are being deceived, and may sidestep the workings of such a child of darkness. Thus, my goal, was to eliminate all evil and promote the Greatest Good, as that of God’s love, by eliminating the ability of anyone to employ the sin of dishonesty, thereby precluding anyone’s ability reap the ill-gotten gains of a lie.

“God’s Honest: Universal Truth”โœ’๏ธ๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ–‹
When we all know and have access to God’s Truth, then there is no way by which one may be fooled by the workings of evil, or be subjected to the destruction inflicted upon innocents by treacherous acts of evil, or deceit, sin, and darkness. Thus, the negative and harmful effects of immorality, as dishonest and deceitful intentions, will be eradicated, because we will be immediately cognizant of those intentions, through using our Third Eye. Thus, the conversion of the Soul in a mission trip to Hell, as the salvation of the Eye of Providence, renders the will of any evil heart utterly impotent, and effectively powerless to exert its immoral influence.
๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š
The General’s Notebooks are “5-Star.”๐ŸŒŸ

-Courtesy of Gavri’el
“Archangel Gabriel”
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gabriel
“A Rose by Any Other Name…”
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holy_Spirit_in_Islam
“The Tie that Binds”
https://www.quora.com/Gabriel-is-the-holy-spirit-in-Islam-Is-he-the-same-in-the-Christian-God-the-Holy-Spirit
“Holy Spirit”
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holy_Spirit_in_Christianity

“William Shakespeare”
Hamlet Act 1, scene 3, 78โ€“82
https://www.enotes.com/shakespeare-quotes/thine-own-self-true

“Moral Philosophy of Immanuel Kant”
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Categorical_imperative

โšก๏ธ”Grace: …”
“God’s Unmerited Love or Favor”๐Ÿ†๐ŸŽโ˜„๏ธ
By definition, one cannot ever hope to “merit” God’s grace; that is a fallacy and sin of human arrogance. Grace is a gift and a demonstration of just how perfect and generous God is with His love, Arms fully outstretched for our salvation from our inherent impurity, or mortal sinfulness, simply because He is just that awesome!
โšก๏ธ
To claim worthiness or righteousness is to detract from God’s supreme goodness, and thus, is to fail to know or appreciate God, including that grace of His presence. To despise one’s own human nature of sinfulness is to be able to truly enjoy the vast wonder, magnificence, and pleasure of being cared for and saved by God’s immeasurable and undeserved salvation; to feel deserving of His love is to reject the overwhelming glory of having a need filled, as the life-changing impact of being saved and rescued. We deserve nothing, but we are cared for simply out of the goodness of God’s heart, as an endless River of benevolence, magnanimity, and grace. To recognize one’s unworthiness is the only way in which to realize God’s greatness. The glory of God is the only true value and meaning that this life could ever bestow.
โšก๏ธ
Truly, only God is ever righteous, and all human claims of “merit” or righteousness only serve to bring God down a peg, and make man more god-like, thus defiling the perfection of God’s singular and exclusive claim to worthiness and righteousness. Any human will is necessarily in a state of defilement, if not surrendered and offered to God’s purposes, and even then, one is merely working in cooperation with God and being made privy to His goodness, and never actually effectuating that good, or any righteousness, of one’s own self.

“Bless Us O Lord…”๐Ÿฅ–โฃ๏ธ๐Ÿ†
http://www.moviequotedb.com/movies/talladega-nights-the-ballad-of-ricky-bobby/page_3.html#google_vignette

“Devoted: Honor Decoded”๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ“๐ŸŠ๐Ÿ
Fear is just a scary word for “mistrust.” Mistrust, or doubt, is the rejection of love, which when enacted, embodies trust. To trust precludes any need for deception, or employing immoral tactics, to obtain care or provisions, because God is good to his word, and upholds His end of the deal as we persist in the diligence of labor. This is much like the law of cause and effect, so long as we leave the specific fruit of our labor, as results or effects, in His Hand to determine and distribute in due season.
๐ŸŽ(Eat me!)

โ™‰๏ธ”Willingness: Axel of the Zodiac Wheel”
Good old-fashioned hard work is generally the path to the solution of any of life’s problems; the difference is in making sure that one follows the proper Shepard.๐Ÿ˜‰ The adherence to “willingness,” as the willingness to do whatever God’s will of the upright path might entail, is what to abide and stick to, rather than any specific task in the path of life that remains ahead.
โ™‰๏ธ
Thus, in abiding God directly, within this very moment only, one may live in freedom from fear and peace of mind, without the added, man-made complications of worry. As long as one maintains contact with God, by adhering to willingness instead of the path or the code, which is implicitly agreed upon from the start anyway, then one may remain flexible to keep moving in God’s direction while refraining from the rigidity and stagnancy of habit. With one’s focus elevated above the mundane tasks and obligations that are the dreariness and tedium of routine, or of the path itself, then one may always be sure to find joy in work.
โ™‰๏ธ
The joy of the Way and the Path is the pleasure of remaining within God’s loving presence, through contemplating Him, instead of the work, tasks, and obligations. Willingness, as the will to abide and do anything for God, fostered by thoughts of undying love and humble proclamations of devotion, is the crux and axis of life’s joy. Thus, in elevating one’s mind to thoughts of God and the Scriptures, then God and Jesus are always present where it counts, as in one’s heart and mind, and so the mundane worries of life cannot lead one astray to fear and mistrust, or overburden what God intended to be a lightness to living, and an internally rich and free spirit.
๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ

Sunday 4/23/17
“Divine Mercy Sunday”๐Ÿ”ธโ™ฆ๏ธ๐Ÿ”น
RCIA Candidate Tyler: Confirmation into full communion with the Catholic Church.

“Hi, my name is Gabriel, and I’m a Cathoholic.”๐Ÿ˜

“The Disciple Whom Jesus Loved”โšœ๏ธ
(Selections from:)
-John 21
-Revelation 22
-Luke 1
-Prayer of St. Francis (11th Step Prayer)

(Prelude)๐ŸŽถ
Luke 1:19
Revelation 22:12
John 21: 7; 12-13
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๐Ÿฅ€”Contemplating the Glorious Rosary”๐ŸŒน
๐Ÿ•Š
Praise and complements offered up unto the Lord, are best when they proclaim the undying and endless compassion and mercy, of both God and Jesus. In referring to oneself as John did, as “the disciple whom Jesus loved,” it may appear as though he is elevating himself, but in actuality, John is merely praising Jesus. In praising Jesus’s love for him, John is properly regarding the purpose and intent of God, through Christ our Lord, and is giving Him the correct respect and proper homage. In paying one’s respects, as complements or praise of God due to His infinite compassion and unrelenting love and goodness, one is noticing the ways in which God is a good Father and Caretaker. The best complement to pay God the Father, or indeed any living creature, is that He is loving, kind, and generous with His grace and mercy. In savoring the love that God, both directly, and indirectly through Christ Jesus, bestows upon me in countless blessings, I may feel the glory of loftiness, and the heady exuberance, or ecstasy and elevation, of a sort of esteem; however, it is not the glory of joy in my own self that fulfills me, but rather, it is the joy of being cared for and filled by God. Esteeming the care and loving kindness that I receive from God is my esteem, and and any sort of self-originating glory, as that of self-esteem or self-confidence, is in actuality just a fallacy and an illusion caused by the ignorance, or fog, of pride. Furthermore, self-pride, as the glorying in one’s own self or achievements, is vanity, and is disrespectful to the Almighty God.
๐Ÿ”ป๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”น
“The St. of St. Francis”๐Ÿšธ
I work merely as a vessel, or a channel, through which to allow God to flow, and exert His superior, all-powerful influence. The less control I try to exert of my own directing, the more I can allow God to flow through me and shine forth in His glory. There is no actual glory but that of God. Thus, the more I empty my self and get out of the way of directing my will, the more joyous and meaningful life becomes.
โค๏ธ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’™
“One God with 3 Avenues”
God is always the only One who ever saves us, and Christ sets the example, or golden standard, as to how to go about letting Him. God saves us through Christ, and Christ plays the role of His Lamb, in part because He is destined to by God, and as being “consubstantial” as His Son, Jesus is working with the “surety of knowing” God, beyond the “mere belief of thinking so, but not being certain.” This cooperation of efforts, between God and His Son, Christ, is made ideal through Jesus’s familial advantage, of having factual, inside knowledge, of God’s will and power of perfect love and care. Thus, Jesus has no ability to doubt God, “Abba,” because He knows Him personally, as a fact. Thus, faith may seem hard to some, but Christ leads the way from the prime position of God’s Own standpoint, so that we may all come to share that advantage of supreme belief, as firm knowledge even. Thus, through following Christ’s flawlessly designed and divinely orchestrated Path and example, we are to imitate Him and obtain the will of the Father, within this life.
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One truly touching and heartwarming way in which to show honor for any Father, is to show honor and reverence for His Son.๐ŸŒˆ
๐Ÿ’ฆ

“Prayer of St. Francis”
(11th Step Prayer)
This version of the prayer of St Francis of Assissi is taken from Step 11 (Chapter 11,ย page 99) of the “Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions”, a book published by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
http://www.12steps.nz/prayers/step-11-prayer/

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(โ˜๏ธFooter:)
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*Note: ๐Ÿ›Clicking on the links, to read the entire Bible chapters from which the Bible excerpts have been selected, is strongly encouraged, for complete understanding to derive the full meaning and benefit.๐Ÿฆ‹

*Note: (๐Ÿ’ ) Indicates a reference to God’s “Eye of Providence,” and “Understanding,” as 1 of the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit.
The Eye๐Ÿ’ :
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eye_of_Providence
The Gift๐Ÿ’ :
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_gifts_of_the_Holy_Spirit

*Note: If one does not know a vocabulary word, then one is expected to look it up. If one does understand something, one is to consult outside sources for clarification. Suggested Resources: Wikipedia.com, Google.com, & Oxford English Dictionary.

*Note: Any capitalized noun in the above writings is intended as a reverence, and indicates that one is addressing “God.”

“Fun Facts, Vocab, and Trivia:”
(Define this word)
IFF (If and Only If)
Ephraim
Manesseh
Gershom
IP Address
En-hakkore
Etan
Elihu
Jehovah-Jireh/ Yahweh-Yireh
Ariel
Agรกpฤ“ (Ancient Greek แผ€ฮณฮฌฯ€ฮท, agรกpฤ“)
(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!”๐ŸŒž
-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.
-๐Ÿš‘We’re not allowed to “idle.”๐Ÿ™
(B/C: Idle hands are the devil’s workshop)
-Whatcha looking to make? I think you must have misspelled “Prophet!”๐Ÿ’ธ

*Exclusively and entirely the work of:
Tyler Brown-Cross (Gabriel)
Intellectual Property Rights:
https://theosbas.wordpress.com/2017/06/02/the-testimony-of-the-holy-ghost/

Public Access to the “Book of Life:”
(Photographs of hand-written journals chronicled as Facebook Photo Albums)
https://m.facebook.com/TheosBas/photos?lst=35501796%3A35501796%3A1488924220&ref=bookmarks

Courtesy of:
“Gabriel, the Holy Spirit (the Lion)”๐Ÿ‘ป
Revelation 5:5
5ย 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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