Matthew 28:1. ‘After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. 2. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 4. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. 5. The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” 8. So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”‘
There is a vast difference between sounding smart and wisdom. With children, they know the difference. They feel it in their bones and you see kids liking some people and not others. Kids like people who treat them respectfully enough to share wisdom with them, often very shortly after giving information. This is one example. In sales, many people also know disengenuous people full of seemingly valuable information versus wise people who truly want to help you use information to improve their lives. There is a respect and service (compassion of wanting to genuinely help) bridge between knowledge and wisdom when communicating with others. If you neglect the respect and service of the bridge, you may as well be a text book. Text books have fountains of information that is utterly useless until applied via the respect and service bridge to convey wisdom. It is self-serving to have knowledge without such an application of it. And meaning in life is the worship of God (applying wisdom to grow closer to God through worship, service and obedience) and service to others (applying wisdom to service and relationships). God gives wisdom and the tools needed to use it so closeness to God grows wisdom. This is always true. This why King Solomon yearned for wisdom above other riches. It is that important and we are feeling the effects of a lack of wisdom in those evil agendists (those divisive anti-God, anti-President, anti-American, anti-life elitists with money and no heart) trying to run the show in our world. They have money, they have knowledge and absolutely no wisdom. This is why their lies are made known. Wisdom is directly linked with truth and they set free the feeble mind, open the eyes of the seeker, change the heart of the humble. God provides both and He is very generous when humbly asked for it. ❤
I read a post by a fellow blogger. He wrote that exercise can help people coming out of addictions. And I agree with him. And I am thankful for his insight because it did not occur to me that addictions in some way or another only arise in the lazy. It is lazy to choose to create a temporary high to handle pain or avoid life rather than have the courage and energy to face and handle it. And in reality, it is much more pain and effort and guilt in the “quick fix” than thr short-lived painful process of healing and the peace and joy returns after the pain so there is hope. There is no long term hope in the “quick fix” and in fact it compounds the original problem that took you there. Life is in the healing. God blesses the humble prayer and effort into healing. He breathes into it. He gives love and energy to it. He promotes it. It is always a choice and at any time anyone can choose to face and deal and not withdraw and cover it up. And anyone who needs help, God will provide that help. Because He longs for and loving, sober relationship with any addict and me and you. We are so very special and important to Him and oh so loved.❤
It is impossible to separate love and freedom. They need each other and support each other. In the presence of love, freedom has breathe and power. In the preaence of freedom, love inheritably exists. They work in cooperation and function in every way together. When someone is controlling, they are acting out of selfishness and/or brokenness and not love. Let me be clear, controlling and demanding behavior is selfishness-based and/or brokenness-based and NOT love-based. Bank on it. Also bank on love and freedom being connected. They always are and always will be. And that is why I love God so much!❤
My daddy was a Marine for 6 years for America.
Many great men and women serve our America.
I am proud of our country and will stand and show respect for America.
We have not been perfect but have been knit together in America.
Our good President and his good staff are working for America.
Some of Congress and some of the Senate are working for America.
Few in Hollywood or mainstream media are working for America.
Those who do not stand out of respect for our country should not be paid American dollars or stay in America.
Fewer big monopoly owners are working for America.
But God still loves our America.
And if we start acting like Americans, we will again be a great America.
And if we deny the rights of divisive and destructive anti-American people, we will strengthen America.
And we will lead in generosity and love in America.
And what we do will rebuild a Christian America.
And my heart beats for God, for family and for America!❤
“Why did God allow this to happen?” With all respect and honor, the premise of this question shows a level of deception believed and/or ignorance of God. The Bible is quite clear on the nature of God. He is love, joy, peace, patience… all things good, the Fruits of the Spirit are His atteibutes. He is also holy, unable to tolerate evil and hatred. To bridge the gap between Him and us who sin a lot, Jesus Christ, the sinless Son of God, sacrificed His life for our choice to be holy to be possible. We become holy through Jesus Christ and that answers that problem. The other problem mentioned in the Bible is this whole fight against “spiritual forces of wickedness”. They want us dead because they are doomed and want to hurt God anyway they can before their eternal punishment is dished out. And of course on top of that is free will given to every person alive. People make their own choices. Some are fantastic and some are downright deadly and everything between. And the evil forces are always at work too. So bad things happen as a result. God cannot give us free will and then remove that free will every time something bad happens as a result. He is not a dictator. He wants good. People choose evil too often, and innocent people suffer as a result. God “allows” it because He gave us free will and people choose what they do with it and often choose to follow the evil spirits and there are often casualties, sadly, and they anger or sadden God. One comfort is the truth that He comforts whoever asks Him to and can use any evil situation to bring good out of it. And He heals. Oh how He heals. ❤
Even in a dictatorship, the mind is free.
Even in deepest oppression, spirits can soar.
The mind is sound and it’s parts unique
And the draw to operate it can invent and create.
Even in solitude, the mind is free.
Even in abuse, the spirit can restore.
For God’s blessing to us is our brain
And our spirit is where His finds a home.