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Today is Wanda F’s birthday and while she may never get to read this; it is to say, for her dedication.

I hope you’ll indulge me today for this post. I sincerely hope she can one day find peace and walk in forgiveness. In honor of her however, I post this.

And,….maybe, just maybe if you are reading this, “Almost” will not be part of your vocabulary, part of your life, part of your future; because if it is…….you’ll be totally lost.” –Moraldiplomat

Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.” (Acts 26:28)

The Bible records numerous accounts of people who were close to the Kingdom. They had great opportunity to come to God, but they chose to turn away; and walk in their own understanding.

The heavier statement in Acts 26:28 was made many years ago by King Agrippa. How many times since has Agrippa profoundly regretted his “Almost” in his life? Felix (Acts Chpt. 24) knew what he should do, but as far as we know, he never was fully persuaded. Almost, Felix was saved.

The five foolish virgins (Matt. Chpt. 25)were with five wise virgins when the cry came. They took the proper steps to get more oil. They answered the call, only they were too late; they later heard the whisper within saying, “I know you not” (Matt. 25:12). Almost, they were ready.

Judas who followed Jesus and later betrayed Him to the Jews; he too heard the teachings of Jesus. He too though lately realized He betrayed the Son of God. Judas was one of the twelve disciples at the Last Supper, but after selling out Jesus for money, went and hanged himself. Almost, Judas was saved.

Ananias and Sapphira were with the disciples who had walked with Jesus. They witnessed the beginnings of the church of Jesus Christ on earth. But because their covetous heart, and lying to the Holy Spirit, they decided to act deceitfully, and tragically lost their lives (Acts 5:1-10). Almost, they met God in peace.

Are we satisfied with “Almost?” We are told to “give diligence” in 2 Peter 1:10 and to “earnestly contend for the faith” Jude 3. To give diligence and to contend is to put away the “almost” in our lives. How sad it will be to come one day to judgment and find out that we are “almost saved” but really we were deceived, and really very lost! Let’s make sure of our salvation, today is the right day; cause “almost, just isn’t good enough.

* Hope you’re happy and healthy Wanda. Happy Birthday.

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Are You Lost?

*Survival Tip

Why is it some of us seem to know instinctively where to go and others wander around without a clue? Some researchers believe the answer lies deep within the brain, embodied by an actual “sense” of direction that can be resurrected and trained.

For instance, in 1981, R. Robin Baker, Ph.D., a biologist at the University of Manchester, England, reported that blindfolded subjects, when transported to a distant site, could indicate the direction home. Based on his studies, Baker theorized that humans possess a magnetic navigation system that works similarly to the way some birds and fish use Earth’s magnetic fields to find their way during migration, a feat known as magnetoreception.

Although other biologists have been unable to duplicate Baker’s results, it’s undeniable that some people have extraordinary abilities to find their way.

In animals, much of the directional mechanism is inherited, but a lot of it is learned. We humans are likely born with this innate sense of direction, and then either develop it as we get older or lose it from lack of use.

To improve your sense of direction, you need to get out and test it from time to time. No matter how prone you are to get lost, you don’t have to go through life with a GPS in your hand. And what happens when the grid goes down? It will one day you know?

Strategies to help you find your way. It’s best to start out on your home turf.

Study the topography maps of your home town to get the lay of the land. Concentrate on imagining what the valleys, streams, and mountains will look like in relation to one another, and store these images in your memory.

Allow plenty of rest time before and during trips. Studies show the brain is more adept at receiving and storing spatial relationships when well rested.

Practice learning where north, south, east, and west are in relation to your surroundings.

Learn constellations, particularly the North Star, so you can locate true north no matter where you are. It won’t necessarily help you hone an internal sense of direction, but it may help you keep your bearings.

Remember, we’re all in this together,

Credit: Derek P.

Thanks Derek!

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Don’t Get Lost Anymore

Human spatial memory is outstanding. In Ancient Greece, orators visualized their speeches as a mansion, placing topics in each room, then retrieving them while taking an imagined route through the building. Memory champions still do the same.

But navigation is a ‘use-it-or-lose-it’ skill. Drivers in a simulator who follow satellite-navigation instructions find it more difficult to work out where they have been than those who use maps. Instructed drivers also fail to notice they have been led past the same point twice. Mountain-rescue teams are tired of searching for people with drained smartphone batteries, no sense of direction and no paper map.

As we get older, people’s spatial knowledge and their capabilities for route learning and recall seem to decline in some. Loss of spatial orientation is an early indicator of dementia as its been stated. Those who are affected are often moved to unfamiliar places such as care homes, which can exacerbate disorientation. The minimalist interiors of hospitals lack signposts: in a 2015 study, nearly half of junior doctors reported that they had gotten lost in hospitals on the way to a call in which a patient’s life was in danger.

The solution might lie in designing buildings that are easy to navigate — rather than in gadgets. Repeated and mirrored layouts cause confusion; cluttered corridors overload the mind. Placement of simple, memorable and unique landmarks such as pictures can help with orientation.

The human brain has everything a hill walker might put in a rucksack. Studies in rats have revealed three types of cells that enable navigation: place cells, which fire at certain locations; head-direction cells, which track the orientation of the head; and grid cells, which set up a coordinate system for assessing scale and distance.

Learning the layout of city streets has been shown to increase the size of part of a taxi driver’s hippocampus, and a similar effect has been observed in musicians. While improvising music, a free-jazz saxophonist ‘sees’ a landscape of notes to navigate.

Fresh locational cues can conflict with the maps in our brains. It is unsurprising that it takes time to reorient when we emerge from an underground station or that the voice of the in-car satellite-navigation system grates on us.

Our brains must decide whether to accept new information and rejig our internal maps or to reject it as being wrong. A simple, reliable cue — such as a north-facing arrow at the top of an escalator — can help to speed up reorientation.

Credit: Derek P.

*Thanks Derek for this tidbit advice.

Mt 18:11 “For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost. “

Losing But Forever Loving

*Dedicated to my former friends Tommy & Melody

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To love and lose is one of the biggest tragedies in life, yet one fails to see the blessing in the loss. We lose for many reasons – a death, a divorce, a broken friendship and the end of a relationship. In that moment, we feel our life has come to an end or an awkward state. How are we to go on; and who can I call friend now, etc? A piece of your soul, a piece of your life is missing and possibly leaving an empty hole in your heart and the norms are out of balance.

The question of “why me” repeats in your mind but as the beauty of time progresses and realization that it’s not all about us, we see the answer. Loss makes us and those around us stronger and wiser. A loss helps us all to appreciate even the smallest, insignificant things in life. Our hearts become softer and full of even more love than we had to begin with. A loss helps us to see that we can’t do it alone, that we need faith and hope to get us through. We reach out and learn the mercy and grace of God.

When the grieving and the healing have taken their course, we are renewed, ready to begin a new chapter in our lives with a whole new outlook and attitude. Only then are we able to appreciate the lesson learned through that loss. One never forgets those we lost, but we do learn to let go.

We learn to keep living even though we don’t want to. We learn to treasure each moment and each person. In turn, losses make our lives a lot richer.

To love and lose is a tragedy, but it’s not the end of our lives. It’s part of our journey.

Credit: Yanira C.

Thanks Yanira

Job 19:14 “My kinsfolk have failed, and my familiar friends have forgotten me.”

Job 42:10 “And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.”

Prov 17:17 “A friend loveth at all times, ….

Prov 18:24 “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.”

Mt 8:22 “But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.”

Lk 9:60 “Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.”

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This Day

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On this day ……

Mend a quarrel. Search out a forgotten friend. Without evidence or insight, dismiss suspicion and replace it with trust. Write a love letter. Share some treasure. Give a soft answer. Encourage youth. Manifest your loyalty in a word or deed. Reacquaint yourself with a King James Bible.

Keep a promise. Find the time. Forgo a grudge. Forgive and love an enemy. Listen to people’s concerns. Comfort others with wisdom and God’s truths. Apologize if you were wrong. Try to understand. Flout envy. Examine your demands on others. Think first of someone else. Appreciate, be kind, be gentle. Laugh a little more.

Walk in confidence. Take up arms against malice, anti-freedoms. Decry complacency. Hate evil. Seek peace and ensue it. Express your gratitude. Worship God, rebuke other false gods. Gladden the heart of a child. Take pleasure in the beauty and wonder of God’s creation. Speak your love. Speak it again. Speak it still again. Speak it still once again.

On this day …think about where you stand with God!

Lk 3:9 “And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.”

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What Have You Lost?

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Here we are, afraid of losing what we have all the time, holding on to it so tight that not a soul can touch it. We think by hiding it from the world, it’s hidden and it’s ours. Nothing is. Nothing ever will be. For, nothing ever was.

If you think there is anything that you have, that’s yours, be it money, a house, a car, a job or even a friend… it’s nothing but an illusion. It could all disappear… in one blow; and for some it has.

Here we are, so insecure that we are afraid of re-starting our lives, so we just carry on trying to sort out the current mess. The thought that we should give it all up and just start all over – with nothing – might cross our minds some time, sure, but we get scared and we push away anything that scares us.

There is nothing I can ever achieve or gain that I cannot lose, in a matter of seconds. You have never gained enough to not be able to lose it all, in just a few minutes. What you think is yours, was never yours and will never be yours (try not paying your taxes and see what all you lose). Whatever you make here, you leave here.

So what are you afraid of?

Let all be lost. Let them take away everything. As long as you have your heart beating strong, as long as you have your nostrils working fine, as long as the blood flows in your veins, you will live, you will breathe and you can get it all back… again and again. For, if you can do it once, you can da*n well do it again. It’s just a game we play – Life.

And remember, what can man take from you that God cannot give back to you, or give you more of or something better?

1 Tim 6:7 “For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.”

Lk 12:15 “And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.”

Acts 27:22 “And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man’s life among you, but of the ship.”

Mk 4:19 “And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful. ”

God never takes from people, we do that through our own choices and actions. Our incorrect decisions and actions cause us to lose in this world. Trust the Lord to supply your needs through Christ! Take a break from the world-take a break from worry; what have you got to lose?

Credit: Written in part by Rohit W.

*Thanks Rohit!

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Don’t Let Fear Hold You Back

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A man once went to a fortune teller, curious to know what she would say about his future. The fortune teller looked into her magic ball and then her facial expression said it all. The man would die, she said, involved in a bus accident. This would happen within two to three months time, but she couldn’t say exactly when. The man went home, depressed and worried telling himself how he never really believed in fortune tellers. Why should he now?

When two months passed, he had thought about what she said, day in and day out. Now he decided to lock himself in his house where he wouldn’t come close to any buses for the next month.

Another 3 weeks went by when the man came down the stairs from his bedroom to make some coffee. His little son had left his toys on the floor of which one was a little toy bus. The man stepped on the bus, after his last step down the stairs, slipped and knocked his head against the stairway railing and died instantly.

Moral of the story: “Live life on the edge, don’t lock yourself away.”

Credit : Submitted by E. Van der Nest — South Africa

“This story helped me to overcome many of my fears… Fear only has one purpose; it holds you back! Don’t let it. Carry on with your life, as fear doesn’t resolve anything. It’s like they say, “Worry is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you anywhere.” – E. Van der Nest

Thanks! E. Nest

LET IT BE!!

Key thoughts to take from this are :

Matthew 6:34 “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”

2 Timothy 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

2 Cor 13:11 “Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.”

1 Cor 1:10 “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.”

1 John 4:18 “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.”

So keep living and keep loving 

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Please note (Disclaimer): I do not condone or support the fortune-telling or soothsayer type (psychic) of anyone. This is at best, witchcraft and should not be considered. I hope the message will trump the method.
Mic 5:12 with Gal 5:20

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