Serenity of Faith

Calmness of mind, body and soul is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom. It is the result of placing faith, trust and your entire being in the hands of a loving and all powerful Creator. Peace in the being of a believer is an indication of ripened experience, coupled with faith in Someone bigger than that of self and of a more than ordinary knowledge of the laws and operations of faith.

A person becomes calm in the measure that one understands themselves as a God-created being, for such knowledge necessitates the understanding of others as the result of all things were created, and as one seeks wisdom from a loving Creator and a right understanding of morals and values seeing more and more clearly the internal relations of things by the action of cause and effect, one ceases to fuss and fume and worry and grieve, and remains poised, steadfast, serene in God’s love and inner peace.

The calm person, having learned how to let God direct his or her paths, knows how to encourage others; and they, in turn, reverence their spiritual strength in a once and forgotten faith, and feel that they can learn of them and rely upon them. The more tranquil and God-dependent a person becomes, the greater is their success, their influence, their power for good. Even the ordinary trader will find their business prosperity increase as one develops a greater knowledge in God’s will and accepting His peace in their souls, for people will always prefer to deal with a person whose demeanor is strongly stable and at peace about matters.

The strong, calm person is always loved and revered. They are like a shade-giving tree in a thirsty land, or a sheltering rock in a storm. Who does not love a tranquil heart, a sweet-tempered, balanced life? It does not matter whether it rains or shines, or what changes come to those possessing these blessings, for they are always sweet, serene, and calm. That exquisite poise of character which we call serenity is the last lesson of culture; it is the flowering of life, the fruitage of the soul. It is precious as wisdom, more to be desired than gold, than even fine gold. How insignificant mere money seeking looks in comparison with a serene life – a life that dwells in the ocean of God’s truth, beneath the waves, beyond the reach of tempests, in the eternal calm!

How many people we know who sour their lives, who ruin all that is sweet and beautiful by explosive tempers, who destroy their poise of character, and make bad blood! It is a question whether the great majority of people do not ruin their lives and mar their happiness by a lack of a God-control flow few people we meet in life who are well-balanced, who have that exquisite poise which is characteristic of the finished character!

Phil 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: …” (KJV)

Jn 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, my Peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (KJV)

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Love: Dilemma is Ongoing

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Have you ever experienced getting out of a romantic relationship where you felt as though you were already at the end of your rope, but you were still determined to go on? Sadly, many people unconsciously give a negative answer to this question by denying themselves the right to be happy.

While some people see finding someone to love as a “dream come true,” others view it as their “worst nightmare.” For the latter, falling in love is an ongoing dilemma that puts them in an emotional roller coaster.

People who have loved and lost often become emotionally scarred. They may be haunted by disillusionment because of unrequited love, or they could be traumatized by pain from previous relationships.

Their hearts pound with joy when they feel that new love has come along. They consider the possibility of loving and being loved again. Still, they are afraid to welcome the love that knocks on their doors; they are terrified by the possibility of getting hurt again. In doing so, they end up losing the love (soul mate, an inheritance, etc) by timidly refusing it.

People who are brave enough to take the risk do love again, but they sometimes find themselves distraught. They may focus so much on trying to build a perfect relationship that they forget about laying a good foundation.

When love comes to find rest in their hearts, they hold on to it, pamper it, try to keep it, and become glad that they have been given a second chance. Still, they cannot forget that since love came to them freely, then that same love could also leave on its own free will; thus they do everything materially or physically possible to keep love from departing. In doing so, they end up losing the love by imprisoning it. A mental drain accompanies each and every day.

“There’s a time for everyone, if they only learn that the twisting kaleidoscope moves us all in turn.” It is said that time heals all wounds; a wounded heart is no exception.

In time, you will find the love that’s meant for you. All you need is the patience and the courage to risk getting hurt again. If you do not try hard enough, you will only deny yourself the chance to become happy again. No one should ever be denied the bliss of love. No matter what the setback, you should keep trying to find the love you’ve always been waiting for, because it’s worth all this constant dilemma.

And finally, I heard somewhere, that if you’re looking for a woman, or a woman is looking for her husband …well, “A woman’s heart should be so in tune with God, so close to Him that it takes a man, seeking HIM, to find her.” What say you?

Seek the Lord today and find out. Maybe the dilemma is over!

Credit: Written by in most part by : Je Ma Vi — Philip.

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LIFE STILL HAS A MEANING

Dedicated to those who are like so many, going through trials

trials that really “try” the heart. There is hope- Look for it, and

you’ll find it!” –Moraldiplomat

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If there is a future there is time for mending
Time to see your troubles coming to an ending.

Life is never hopeless however great your sorrow
If you’re looking forward to a new tomorrow.

If there is time for wishing then there is time for hoping
When through doubt and darkness you are blindly groping.

Though the heart be heavy and hurt you may be feeling
If there is time for praying there is time for healing.

So if through your window there is a new day breaking
Thank God for the promise, though mind and soul be aching,

If with harvest over there is grain enough for gleaning
There is a new tomorrow and life still has meaning.

 

Our Original Face

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*”I recently lost my brother-in-law, Mike … never really got to spend a lot

of time with him. In short, we never had been close until recently. It’s still 

unknown as to what killed him. Things just looked “funny.” Anyway, what

a way to spend the day after Christmas, seeing your brother and new-found 

friendship dead at a scene reminiscent of a Columbo crime scene. I’m dedicating

this post to Mike. I believe Mike was finding himself, was …getting back on track,

but had a lot of luggage he just did not need. No worries now 😦 …I miss ya Mike-

still can’t believe you’re gone!”

-Marty (Moraldiplomat)

Note: I’m not really sure how the following will mean to you, but I know what it means to me. Thanks for taking time to read.  I hope you can glean something from it. Much love to you all in these uncertain times.

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Our Original Face

Who were you before you were born (Job 31:15)? What was your face before your parents were born? Can you imagine yourself being a thousand years younger? Who will you be after this world, in eternity (1 Jn 3:2)? In a thousand years from now? Who are you now…here. Deep down, really, truly, authentically, basically, simply (Phil 1:6,Col 1:27 with Philem 1:6).

The answer to all these questions is the same, and once you know, you know. You remember…it is just a case of remembering. The way I see it is this: Virtually from the day we’re born we begin to play roles. We start to adapt, to fit in, to conform. Throughout our lives we will play thousands of roles (Daughter, Son, Mother, Father, Friend, Grandparent, Stockbroker, Bus Driver etc.)

The problems come when we become too identified with these roles. We forget that we are the one who is playing the role. The word “personality” comes from the root word “persona”, which means mask. We wear millions of different masks throughout our lives, changing them for every role, every occasion.

The trouble is we do this unconsciously and eventually begin to see ourselves as others see us (1 Sam 16:7). We start to look at ourselves through other people’s eyes (James 4:4), from the outside in. We forget that we are the ones behind the mask, looking out. We allow ourselves to be pushed and pulled away from our true, real, authentic center, our home (2 Cor 5:17).

We will have many, many different experiences, but we are none of them. We are the one who is having the experience, the experience-er. Life is a dream and we are the dream-er. The eye of the hurricane, the real center (Rom 8:9).

If we begin to think of ourselves as the role, the mask, the dream or the experience, sooner or later these ideas will become more solid and they will become imaginary walls around us – separating us from each other and from existence itself. This is hell; this is illusion.

Basically it is essential to, at some point, witness all of this going on. Through focusing our thoughts and heart onto God; the Creator of all life, spending time alone with Him etc., you can gain a glimpse of your Real Self / True Nature / Original Face- what God in Heaven intended us to be.

Once this has happened, it is so much easier to see all the layers of personality, conditioning and falsity we have allowed to be integrated into our being from the poisons of the world.

We can peel it away like peeling an onion or carve it away like Michelangelo releasing the ‘angel’ from the marble. But the trick is that once you can see it and feel how heavy it is, how constricting, what a burden…(1 Peter 5:7) it is pretty easy to drop it, to surrender to the will of God; calling out to Him for help, to just let it go, renewing our minds to what God has done inside our born again spirits (Rom 12:2).

To me this is the most essential thing in life, because by doing this you understand what is Love/Freedom/Peace/God/Reality/(Rom 6:11). You understand that the essence of who you are in the Lord and are no longer in a state of being “lost.” (Rom 8:1)

In that moment, you have come back home (Lk 15:4).

Credit: Anonymous

Put Your Heart on the Line

Modified 11-02-2016: I had originally posted and dedicated this to inspire two new people who interestingly entered mine and my wife’s life. Will spare you the details, but it seems they no longer want any part of our lives, in more ways than one. Ya know, as Christians, we don’t always make the right moves, say the right things, and possibly our beliefs differ greatly from one to another, but at the end of the day, their are no other higher powers to rely on, except for God. There is no other higher than Him. Oh, maybe in your speech, or your thoughts, but they in fact dwell alone. Until we reach out to the One true God, Creator of the universe, then there will always be two sides around every corner. And, in Amos 3:3 it says, “Can two walk together, except they be agreed? ” We just could not agree, us and the now our silent acquaintances. 😦      –Moraldiplomat 

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Live out each day but not too fast
Don’t plan for the future, don’t live in the past
Smile at strangers and you just might change a life
Offer kisses and hugs even in pain and strife

Don’t count all your money, count all your friends
Don’t look to the dark side as a means to the end
Shake off your stresses, your worries, your cares
This life is a challenge, so take on the dares

Don’t tell people your heartaches, tell them your dreams
Let them know that life can be better than it seems
Don’t number your problems, number the stars
Gaze up to Heaven and see the distance isn’t far

Don’t let your whole life be ruled by your fear
Cherish the memories of all things you hold dear
Don’t hold back the tears as they fall from your eyes
Don’t give in to sadness, or fall for the world’s lies

You can fly with the angels, you can sing in the night
Don’t let your head doubt what your heart knows is right
Whisper a secret to the dawn of the day
Look to the Lord for only He can show you the way

Don’t run from the truth, but accept it with pride
Don’t keep all your feelings sheltered inside
Let your silver turn gold, let your hopes all come true
Pray for other people’s joys and your sorrows will be few

Let the glow in your heart reflect in your soul
So you know what it’s like to have and to hold
Until eternity you see, may you treasure the sights
That this life had to offer, God’s blessings and delights

Search for contentment in each person you meet
Let yourself find freedom, don’t just stand still on your feet
Dance, be at ease, for you’ve got one life to live
Put your heart on the line and give it all you can give

Acts 17:27 “That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: …”

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Just For Today

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1. Just for today I will be happy. This assumes what Abraham Lincoln said is true: ‘Most folks are about as happy as they make their mind up to be.’ Happiness comes from within; it is not a matter of externals.

2. Just for today I will try to adjust myself to what is; not try to adjust everything to my own desires. I will take my family, my business, and my blessings as they come and fit myself to them.

3. Just for today I will take care of my body. I will exercise it, care for it, nourish it, not abuse or neglect it, so that it will be a perfect machine for myself and others.

4. Just for today I will try to strengthen my mind. I will learn something useful. I will not be a mental loafer. I will read something that requires effort, thought, and concentration(i.e. Bible,devotionals).

5. Just for today I will exercise my soul in three ways: I will do someone a good turn and not get found out. I will do at least two chores I don’t want to do, as William James suggests, just for exercise.

6. Just for today I will be agreeable with good morals. I will look as well as I can, speak diplomatically, act courteously, be liberal with praise, criticize only negatives, not find fault with things of good moral character, and to help others improve.

7. Just for today I will try to live through this day only, not tackle my whole life at once. I can do things for twelve hours that would appall me if I had to keep them up for a lifetime.

8. Just for today I will have a program. I will write down what I expect to do every hour. I may not follow it exactly, but I will have it. It will eliminate two pests: hurrying and indecision.

9. Just for today I will have a quiet half hour by myself and relax. In this half hour think of God and thank Him, so as to get a little more perspective into my life.

10. Just for today I will be unafraid. Particularly, I will be unafraid to be happy; to enjoy what is beautiful; to love; and to believe that those I love, love me.

Hey! if this can work for today, may be it can work for you next 364 days….:)

Feeding Your Complete You

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We are not human beings having spiritual experiences, we are spiritual beings having human experiences.

 
People eat right, people work out, people’s minds are finely tuned, but how many of us consider the nourishment of our souls and spirits?

We are body-soul-spirit. They cannot exist separately.

If people do not nurture their complete self, people will die at some level. People begin to wither with a feeling of emptiness.

A vague, persistent feeling that “something is missing.” A feeling of being dead inside.

People go about their daily lives, they smile, they manage….and inside, where no one can hear, they wail. Very little in our culture is deeply meaningful, feeding the soul and spirit, taking them deeper than our shallow, homogenized living.

Indeed, living in any other way but the narrowly-prescribed cultural mode is considered strange and suspect, even if pain and suffering are a dominant part of that mode.

Yet people are meant to be joyful creatures with a holy purpose, feeling our innate aliveness and our connectedness to God as well as feeding His people with His Words and wisdom.

Of the Earth dwellers, we alone have been gifted by God with consciousness and free will. But how tragically we waste our precious moments.

Hebrews 2:1-5

“Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.

For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward;

How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;

God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?

For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak. ”

Acts 26:20

“….that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.”

Today, make this the day you feed yourself God’s Word (Jesus’ sayings- John 8:51) and begin again. Share and feed others truths you’ve gained- blessing them and encouraging them to live again.