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Life’s Purpose

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Are we all block layers, leaving the prints of our lives on the human existence. Solomon was listening to the voices, those around him, and the changes going on. There was time and space to do a little thinking, the usual chaos, the news offerings, not so important anymore, life more pointed, introverted, as if to say, what are we doing ourselves. We make it happen, we have to clean up.

Recriminations and arguments, you did this, we did that, the protagonists trying to sway the opinion of the voters, each sure of themselves. The irony Solomon felt, was those who spent their life gathering immense riches, then spending their end days, giving it all away. Surely that wasn’t the purpose.

He recalls the story of Oscar Schindler, who has a turn of conscience, and wants to right the wrongs he can see around him, knowing the danger he faces…

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Courage, Fear, and our vulnerability

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Without courage, we can not practice any virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous or honest.

Maya Angelou

Life is a strange, yet beautiful composition of laughter and tears, joy and sorrows, love and loss, struggle and stumble, success and failure, expectations and disappointments and a lot more.. It is completely perfect with all its ingredients and flavours, nothing is out of context.

We are living in a time of “disconnection” — more importantly, a disconnection with our authentic selves and emotions. We don’t embrace any emotion as is, and identify it as either “good” or “bad”. Therefore, we know none at its core level. We usually mask our genuine emotion just to fit-in the society we live in. For example, it can be embarrassing for us to talk about our fears, while being “fearless” is the ideal term to be…

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Living in peace through restoration

In times of war, there exist the danger, people getting frustrated and angry, wanting to do the wrong things against others.

In wartime, the greatest need is for friends.
Here one should not forget Who is always ready to be the Greatest Friend and the Saviour in high need. In times of fear and suffering, the Elohim Hashem Jehovah, the Most High and Only True God, is there to guide us through those dark times. Best we give Him our hand and let Him lead us through this darkness to light full of hope.

Susan Reimer

With everything that’s going on in our world the idea of living in peace might seem impossible. But what is impossible for man is possible with God.

2 Corinthians 13:11 says: “Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.”

Restoration. I don’t think I’ve noticed that particular word before. Restoration means bringing back to a former position or condition. Rebuilding, reconstructing, renewing or recovering. What would restoration look like in your life? Forgiving a betrayal so that a friendship can begin again? Studying every night for an hour instead of scrolling social media to raise your grades? Sitting down with a counsellor to discuss a hurt that is preventing you from moving forward?

Only you know the answer to that question but restoration is possible and the end…

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They want us to be afraid 🇺🇦🌻🇺🇦❤️🇺🇦🌻🇺🇦

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    “They want us to be afraid.
    They want us to be afraid of leaving our homes.
    They want us to barricade our doors
    and hide our children.
    Their aim is to make us fear life itself!
    They want us to hate.
    They want us to hate ‘the other’.
    They want us to practice aggression
    and perfect antagonism.
    Their aim is to divide us all!
    They want us to be inhuman.
    They want us to throw out our kindness.
    They want us to bury our love
    and burn our hope.
    Their aim is to take all our light!
    They think their bricked walls
    will separate us.
    They think their damned bombs
    will defeat us.
    They are so ignorant they don’t understand
    that my soul and your soul are old friends.
    They are so ignorant they don’t understand
    that when they cut you I bleed.
    They are so ignorant they don’t…

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    Overcoming The Terror Of War

    From the Bible we know that there will come certain times which shall not be pleasant, but shall be bringing much division and horror in this world.

    We are not sure if those Times mentioned in the Scriptures have started now and shall bring God’s Plan into fulfilment. In case it will become that Third World War spoken of in Scriptures, we more than ever should know where our place is and which direction we want to go.
    At that prophesied time, there shall come false Christs, and people trying to get people away from God, whilst many shall be suffering. But we should stay strong in our faith, living by the assured faith of hope in the Lord.

    But it shall be also a time that we shall have to proclaim the Gospel, the message of Good News, even when many will not be willing to give their ear to it. It is for them and for all people in the world that our prayers should be directed to the Host of host, Jehovah our God, Who shall be willing to guide His people in those troubled times.

    Let us be Good News Breakers in these troubled times and ask God to give strength to all who love Him.

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    2. Suffering
    3. Seems no future in suffering
    4. Learning from suffering
    5. Choices to make in suffering
    6. Words from God about suffering
    7. Clear words from God about suffering
    8. Different words from God about suffering
    9. Is God behind all suffering here on earth
    10. God’s instruction about joy and suffering
    11. Suffering continues
    12. Problems in the world
    13. Times to come
    14. Armageddon or the Great Tribulation
    15. Great tribulation and Armageddon
    16. Predictions
    17. Gospel or Good News
    18. Good News Breakers
    19. God’s Promises
    20. God’s promises to us in our suffering
    21. Looking for the blessed hope
    22. Hope for the future
    23. Offer in our suffering
    24. Miracles in our time of suffering
    25. Surprised by time in joys & sufferings
    26. Peace of Mind
    27. God’s Hope and Our Hope
    28. True Hope
    29. Working Of The Hope
    30. God’s Salvation
    31. Jehovah strength, armour and refuge
    32. Faith
    33. Faith – Concerning Faith and the Gospel
    34. Refuge of the saints
    35. Peace of God
    36. God’s coming reign

    Becoming the Oil and the Wine

    Uplifting Bible verses during times of war

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    DON’T listen to them!!

    Allah, Jehovah our God, Who is the Almighty, Who takes away our fear, sorrows and gives us hope in better times, is the One to Whom we look up and praise for all the wonders we might enjoy around us.

    There are lots of people who try to get us away from our faith in God. We should be careful not to fall into their trap. The Scriptures warn of such false teachers, deceivers and tricksters who might lead us astray.

    Try to get it!

    They say be ready for the disappointment from any one at any time..

    And I say ” Be ready for happiness.. Joy.. Money.. Health… Good company.. ”

    That’s what I think of God..

    What do you think of God???…

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    Too Insignificant

    Obscured from the universe,
    I’m holding up my fears,
    Letting out cries
    That no one will hear

    My tear, just a drop
    In the big, boundless sea
    Flowing where it takes it
    Until it’s unseen

    Nobody can feel
    What I feel deep down
    Even the loudest of screams
    Don’t seem to make a sound

    They travel their way
    Into the empty air
    Till they go unheard,
    Landing somewhere

    Waking each day
    Feeling all the same
    Was the world this terrifying
    Even before I came?

    Would it even matter
    If I faded away
    The sun would still shine
    To start off yet another day

    In a cold infinite world
    My tiny world is unseen
    Where my quivering pain
    Is only for me to feel…

    This poem deals with existential dread- the fear that you are too small and too insignificant in an empty, cold and vast universe to be able to…

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    Safety Net

    The 50 year old poet

    Out in this world without the aid

    of a safety net,

    the fear of failure has me

    in a cold sweat.

    I am taking baby steps in case

    I might fall,

    there are too many obstacles

    always on call.

    My breathing is unsteady

    and brisk,

    I don’t know whether I am ready

    to take this risk.

    I have lost count of the times

    I’ve tried to break free

    only to fail and end up

    back on my knees.

    But maybe this is the time

    I will survive,

    to venture out into the sunshine

    and feel like I am alive.

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    Epictetus: What is in our control?

    In a period when so many people would have more time for each other, being able to take a long vacation or a long ‘Winter sleep’ so many seem to worry about matters they have not in control and shall not be able to have in control whatsoever.

    Letting fear go is for many difficult, but all answers lie in themselves. But it also could help a lot when they would dare to go looking for the best solution to get rid of all worries by finding the saviour who can bring them under the Wings of the Most Precious One Who is Master of everything, the Elohim Hashem Jehovah. When people would trust Him more life for them would be much easier.

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    To remember

    • What in our control = question couched in fear.
    • Fear = feeling which takes us back to our reptilian brain & automatic responses => rigid + compulsive.
    • response to life situations = only thing in our control. <= all have ability to make a choice => choice not to react to primitive impulses we feel.
    • human beings =  logical beings > answers = give us a sense of control = illusion of control.
    • To become healthy = important to let go of unhealthy emotions.
    • Letting go = process not taught
    • We decide what is good or bad, right or wrong > placiing intrinsic value on those definitions = simply judgements =>  realize + accept => process of letting go = easier.

    The Stoic Social Worker

    What is in our control is a difficult question to answer. It’s a question couched in fear. Fear is a feeling which takes us back to our reptilian brain and automatic responses. This part of our brain tends to be rigid and compulsive. If we find ourselves stuck here we don’t learn to adapt. We all wish to be able to control the amount and intensity of the fear that we experience. The answer to the question, “What is in our control” is frustrating and can serve to increase anxiety because there is no answer to that question, at least not an answer that some will find acceptable.

    Our response to life situations is the only thing in our control. We all have the ability to make a choice, the choice to not react to the primitive impulses we feel.

    As a therapist I have been asked a lot of…

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    So many being afraid – reason enough to step in the boat with Christ

    For weeks already in Italy, Spain, France and Belgium the inhabitants are feeling limited with their country in lockdown. All over the world people are confronted with an unseen enemy, and that frightens many of them.

    Normally the lovers of God who are worshipping Him alone and not other gods, are accustomed to living in a certain way somewhat isolated. The majority of Christendom worshipping a Trinity does not like those Unitarians and avoid contact with them as if they are affected with a terrible disease. Worship services for those isolated Christians are often followed by the internet, because of the distance between many too far. Those able to share the Breaking of Bread in real life, under normal circumstances only find themselves with a few. The 14th of Nisan is for many the big exception for the year. That day is often the ‘high-mass’ bringing many lovers of God together to commemorate the liberation of mankind. That special commemoration day in several prayer halls or kingdom halls often brings more than a hundred people together, showing how even when they are not with many, they also are not with such a few that they should feel alone. This year it was a totally different experience for many, not having the Memorial Gathering in public. It was nice to have several groups providing for internet sharing, but it is not the same and can not be a surrogate or placebo for the real thing.

    Remarkable to notice is how so many expressed their calmness and accepted totally those restrictions the governments gave them. Opposite to many unbelievers most members were convinced the time of quarantine should take as long as necessary to keep everybody safe, no matter of the economic impact. We also can notice the members of those Unitarian denominations respect the social distancing and trust God that everything shall turn out back to normal in a certain time.

    On the other hand all over the world, we find certain Christian groups calling to gather for Easter and to ignore such social distancing. They forget they perhaps do not only bring their own life in danger, but worse bring other people, they could encounter also on other days, in great danger. We can only say they have a very selfish attitude.

    Around us, we can find unbelievers and believers who express their fear. Normal when one does not know the unseen enemy thoroughly and does not know how it all shall evolve in the near future. People also love to have everything under control and when they feel they loose control they start panicking.

    For those with fear, we would like to remind them of a little event which took place some two thousand years ago.

    Like on many great lakes and seas the wind can come up forcibly and bring dangerously high waves.

    The disciples and Jesus were on passage on a boat and when the master teacher went to sleep, and a violent storm came.  The wind was howling, the boat was taking on water, these men felt that their lives were in danger from forces they could not control.  Take note, these were not inexperienced Saturday afternoon boaters.  Most of these men were professional fishermen.  These men were of strong hand and backs, they had been in a storm or two in their years of fishing.

    If you have ever met a sailor, they often pride themselves on the storms they have endured on the seas.  However; this was not the same kind of storm that these men had endured before.  This storm frightened them to the point of fearing death.  It was pretty easy for them to see that the boat would likely be crushed in the waves, the wind and water was overtaking the boat.  They had no control over their circumstances.  All of their lives were passing before their eyes.  Wives lips that would never be kissed again, children that would never be played with again.  The sunrises they would miss.  Songs that they would never sing again.  As they looked over their possessions, their homes, their clothes, money, land, and more they began to realize how little value those things actually had.  They could see that they had focused their whole lives on things that really didn’t matter.  Their children, their spouses, their families, and their God are the things that mattered. As devout Jews they knew they could trust their God, the God of Abraham. Though it looked like as if they feared That God would not be with them.

    On land they would know who to turn to when they had doubts of certain matters or fear for certain things. But far from any temple, no synagogue at hand, to whom had they to turn? Where could they find a rabbi or rebbe who could help them?

    In want of having a Rabbi there now they turned their eyes toward their friend Jeshua (Jesus) who was lying quietly sleeping.  In all of this storming wind, spraying of water, beating of the waves, screaming of the men, he seemed steadfast asleep.  It looked like he was in a place of safety and comfort.  Peacefully like a baby he was there sleeping, probably laying in a puddle of water, soaked from head to toe, but asleep none the less.

    A few decades ago Lenny LeBlanc released a song with the name “Asleep in the Boat”.  It talks about a promise God made, and that He is always there, just as Jesus was here with his disciples.  Just like when we are in the storm, He is here for us.

    In these times of trouble we better look at how Jesus cope with difficulties and uncertainties. We do know many Christians take him as their god. God does know everything, but Jesus, not being God, did not know everything and like us just had to trust his heavenly Father.
    Jesus has encountered several very difficult moments, and we should know that also he, even doubted God and asked Him why He had abandoned him. From the stake, Jesus cried out loud to His heavenly Father, the Only One True God.

    46 And about the ninth hour Yahushua cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My Elohim, my Elohim, why hast thou forsaken me? (Matt 27:46, NRKJV)

    But God never had abandoned or had forsaken His only beloved son. Nobody can do anything to God and God is the only Being that can not die. But Jesus could be hurt by men and he knew very well that those people could kill him. His death was a certainty, but what would happen after his death was not so sure. For that he had to trust his heavenly Father to Whom he cried that he would not be forsaken. Only by having enough faith in his heavenly Father Jesus could face those difficult moments. The Nazarene Jew had enough faith in his heavenly Father, the God of Israel, Who had already for centuries guided His People.

    Jesus so much trusted his God, that he was willing to put his own will aside to do the Will of his heavenly Father, Whom Jesus considered to be the Only One True God, the God above all gods and above all kings. Like his ancestor King David, Jesus trusted his God.

    We too, should have the same trust in God like the son of God had in his heavenly Father, Who is also our heavenly Father. In the Elohim Hashem Jehovah, we should find security and peace at heart, not having to have fear for what might come.

    When we are children of God let us behave like it, and show others what a good Father we have. Let us take this period of more free time, to let Jehovah’s Name resound in many more places. That we who believe in Him show others how the Elohim has given the world the opportunity to be free of all worldly matters and that this time on this earth is only a temporary period. Let us take the opportunity to witness over the beauties of the Highest and how He has given the world a solution to be free of all worries.

    We should step in the boat of Christ and be aware that even when he would be asleep, we still shall be safe, because he is with us and his God is with us.
    When we feel abandoned by the world, them not liking we do not adhere to their god or gods, do not worry. One is better to worship the True God of the Bible instead of the many gods human beings love to worship. The God of Jesus, Hosea, Jeremiah, Isaiah, Solomon, David, Nehemiah, Abraham, Moses and Adam is the Best God we can have and Who can make sure we shall be able to receive the best life, “is it not today than tomorrow” ….

    When we feel the pains of this world, and lost dear friends or family members, let us always remember that once they died their pain would be gone, and all worries would be over for them. Let us also put everything in the right perspective, comparing our luxury life with the millions of people in worse circumstances. And let us not forget how there was once a man who had not done any fault in his life, but was tortured and nailed at a wooden stake, giving his life for so many people he did not even know, so that they could live unto righteousness.

    30 The Elohim of our fathers raised up Yahushua, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree. (Acts 5:30, NRKJV)

    24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. (1Pet 2:24, NRKJV)

    Let us remember that event when the apostles were afraid and think about the storm in which we landed today.

    23 And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him. 24 And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep. 25 And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, My master, save us: we perish. 26 And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. 27 But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him! (Matt 8:23-27, NRKJV)

    It would be wrong to think Jesus had no fear. He, like his brothers and sisters, also had many fears. Though Jesus feared more God than people and therefore was not afraid to speak out. Jesus very well knew his humble position and that he could do nothing without his heavenly Father, His God. Only by listening to his God, and doing what God wanted from him, Jesus could do exceptional things.

    19 Then answered Yahushua and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. (John 5:19, NRKJV)

    From those around him, Jesus asked them to come to him and to his God, so that what God had given to His son also could come unto us. Jesus knew that his God was the Only One to trust and knew that those who have complete trust in God will be kept in perfect peace by keeping their minds focused on Gods promises.

    3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. (Isa 26:3, NRKJV)

    Like so many before Christ let us also the same as Jesus did, trust the Divine Creator and give ourselves in His Hands. Even if we fear others or such disease as CoViD-19, we should have more fear for the God of Christ, the God of Abraham and should pray to Him and trust HIm, in the same way as Jesus and Isaiah trusted their heavenly Father.

    9 With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness. 10 Let favour be shewed to the wicked, yet will he not learn righteousness: in the land of uprightness will he deal unjustly, and will not behold the majesty of יהוה. 11 יהוה, when thy hand is lifted up, they will not see: but they shall see, and be ashamed for their envy at the people; yea, the fire of thine enemies shall devour them. 12 יהוה, thou wilt ordain peace for us: for thou also hast wrought all our works in us. 13 O יהוה our Elohim, masters instead of thee have had dominion over us: but by thee only will we make mention of thy name. (Isa 26:9-13, NRKJV)

    While we may not know what tomorrow holds for us, we have chosen to follow Jesus and to have the same trust in his heavenly Father and as such should not have to worry about the future. In Christ Jesus lies our hope for the future, because he gave his life for us and God accepted his sacrificial offering as a ransom for once and for all.
    When we believe who Jesus is and what he really has done and how God has now taken him out of the dead as an example for what might happen to us, we should not be afraid because in such resurrection is our hope and future.
    It is in our belief in the promises of God and in the certainty of salvation that we have a present peace.

    We just have to be patient and trust the Most High God. By following This God His only begotten beloved son, we have the assurance that one day there shall come a Kingdom which surpasses all other kingdoms and where there shall be peace for all without any pain or sorrow. Let us look forward to such days in the coming Kingdom of God.

     

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    Let us thank God for everything that we got for good things in our life
    and let us trust Him as our Guide and Helper in difficult days
    as well for Him being a Stormstiller

    From Sticky Note to God ~03.31.20~

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    Preceding

    Why are you afraid?

    Fear in your own heart or outside of it

    Our life depending on faith

    The Struggle Ends When Gratitude Begins

    Many opportunities given by God

    If you keep your faith and trust in God

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    Additional reading

    1. Matthew 8:23-27 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Jesus Calms a Stormy Sea
    2. Matthew 9:32-34 – How others look at the blind, speechless and demoniac being healed
    3. The unseen enemy
    4. Fear of failure, and fear of the unknown
    5. 8 fears caused by the fear of Man
    6. Fearmongering succeeded and got the bugaboo a victory
    7. A Living Faith #9 Our Manner of Life
    8. Thanksgiving wisdom: Why gratitude is good for your health
    9. Problems on a dark road and A look at our ego-centric world
    10. Not fear or dread or blind compulsion
    11. The chosen ones to fear or not to fear
    12. What is life?
    13. Greatest single cause of atheism
    14. Whom Shall I Fear (God of Angel Armies) by Chris Tomlin
    15. Control and change
    16. We find by losing. We hold fast by letting go.
    17. A treasure which can give me everything I need
    18. I Am Not Alone – By: Kari Jobe
    19. Necessity of a revelation of creation 3 Getting understanding by Word of God 1
    20. Entrance of a king to question our position #2 Who do we want to see and to be
    21. Today’s thought “Faith in Troubled Times” (January 14)
    22. Today’s thought “Crying to God” (August 04)
    23. The Wrath of God
    24. Today’s thought “Plea for Vindication or for Protection against Oppressors” (January 07)
    25. Today’s thought “My times are in your hand” (January 14)
    26. Today’s Thought “You will keep … in perfect peace” (May 03)
    27. Kingdom of God what will it be like

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    6. “In The Midst Of The Storm”
    7. Jesus Feared God, Not Circumstances
    8. Pandemic: Be Calm During the Storm
    9. Praying the Bible with Gratitude
    10. The Wind and Sea Obey Him
    11. Today’s Theme Song: Above All
    12. Hide Yourself
    13. Isaiah Chapter 26
    14. 100 Blessings for Pandemic
    15. Podcast #299: “Thank You, Lord” by Dennis Jernigan
    16. The rock on which we stand

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