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Staring at a blank page is like staring into a snowfield. The snow, untouched by civilization and unmarked by living creatures, blinds you for a few minutes, it glistens reflecting subtle shades of pure white and rainbows at odd angles. If you stare at the snow too long, you get lost in the interplay of light and shadow.

As the day wears on, you become awestruck at the beauty of the snow's perfection. You marvel at the way an oak tree cast its ebony shadow across the pure white snow. You watch the tree's shadow change, grow and shrink, as Earth turns and the sun moves from morning to evening. If you stand out in the snow too long without moving, you risk snow bite or freezing.

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I must say,
writing 500 words a day
isn't difficult,
unless I'm attempting to write
on a single subject.

On Monday, October 28, 2013, I began posting my weekly goals at "Weekly Goals. On Tuesday, October 29, 2013 I began keeping track of may accomplished goals in this journal.

"O SON OF BEING! Bring thyself to account each day ere thou art summoned to a reckoning;
for death, unheralded, shall come upon thee and thou shalt be called to give account for thy deeds."
Bah'u'll'h The Hidden Words of Bah'u'll'h, Part I.'From the Arabic, #31, page 11

'Heinlein's Rules for Writers

         Rule One: You Must Write
         Rule Two: Finish What Your Start
         Rule Three: You Must Refrain From Rewriting, Except to Editorial Order
         Rule Four: You Must Put Your Story on the Market
         Rule Five: You Must Keep it on the Market until it has Sold'

Robert A. Heinlein

It is enjoined upon every one of you to engage in some form of occupation, such as crafts, trades and the like. We have graciously exalted your engagement in such work to the rank of worship unto God, the True One. Ponder ye in your hearts the grace and the blessings of God and render thanks unto Him at eventide and at dawn. Waste not your time in idleness and sloth. Occupy yourselves with that which profiteth yourselves and others. Thus hath it been decreed in this Tablet from whose horizon the day-star of wisdom and utterance shineth resplendent.
Baha'u'llah, Tablets of Baha'u'llah Revealed After the Kitab-i-Aqdas, Pages 21-29: gr 32

I changed the way I did entries in this book several times. Beginning on March 21, 2018 the entries will cover the topics of spiritual, inspirational, and religions. However, the genres it will be under are Women's, Inspirational, and Spiritual with a tag of Religious.
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June 17, 2019 at 11:36am
June 17, 2019 at 11:36am
#960941
Kamál (Perfection), 13 Núr (Light) 176 B.E. - Monday, June 17, 2019

Motivation1

Inhale the fragrance
of motivation and accomplishment:
a busy day.

Gratitude List For 13 Núr

Today I am thankful ...
         *BulletV* ...that I had enough money in my checking account to cover the donation to the National Baha'i Fund.
         *BulletV* ...for fresh brewed coffee to go with my breakfast pastry this morning.
         *BulletV* ...that I have 233 points in my Survey Junkie account.
         *BulletV* ...that I was able to finish the article Racism as a Social and Spiritual Phenomena   by Makeena Rivers.

Fiḍál (Grace), 14 Núr (Light) 176 B.E. - Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Gratitude List For 14 Núr

Today I am thankful ...
         *BulletV* ...that my Bank of America account is not overdrawn this today.
         *BulletV* ...for the mini bagels and cream cheese I had for my fist breakfast.
         *BulletV* ...that I have $18.01 in my Send Earning s account.
         *BulletV* ...for fresh brewed hot coffee
         *BulletV* ...that I have 340 points in my Survey Junkie account.


Footnotes
1  I posted this in Poet 999 - A Butterfly Emerges From Her Cocoon https://poet999.blogspot.com/2019/06/motivation.html.

June 16, 2019 at 11:38am
June 16, 2019 at 11:38am
#960884
Jamál (Beauty), 12 Núr (Light) 176 B.E. - Sunday, June 16, 2019

Facebook Status Update

Partly cloudy sky
Reflects Sunday morning's mood,
Neither depressed nor happy.

Gratitude List For 12 Núr

Today I am thankful ...
         *BulletV* ...that I have 137 points in my Survey Junkie account.
         *BulletV* ...for the fresh brewed cafe mocha I had this morning with my first breakfast.
         *BulletV* ...that my Bank of America checking account is not overdrawn this morning.
         *BulletV* ...for the banana I have for my first breakfast this morning.
         *BulletV* ...that I was able to finish the article The Dawn of a New Faith—and the Persecution that Followed   by Steve McLean. This is the second installment of the series The Dawn of a New Faith  .


June 14, 2019 at 12:28pm
June 14, 2019 at 12:28pm
#960790
Istiqlál (Independence), 10 Núr (Light) 176 B.E. - Friday, June 14, 2019

Gratitude List For 10 Núr

Today I am thankful ...
         *BulletV* ...that my Bank of America checking account is not overdrawn today.
         *BulletV* ...for the fresh brewed coffee I had this morning.
         *BulletV* ...that the $10.00 from PayPal hit my checking account today.
         *BulletV* ...for the honey bun I had with my coffee this morning.
         *BulletV* ...that the $11.00 from Survey Junkie hit my checking account today.
         *BulletV* ...for the grapes I had with my breakfast this morning.
         *BulletV* ...that I finished poem 121, "Unfailing Protection, in the 200 I am writing to celebrate the anniversary of the Bicentenary of the Birth of The Bab.
         *BulletV* ...for the Arizona Sweet Ice tea I had to go with my lunch.


Jalál (Glory), 11 Núr (Light) 176 B.E. - Saturday, June 15, 2019

Gratitude List For 11 Núr

Today I am thankful ...
         *BulletV* ...that my Bank of America checking account is not overdrawn this morning.
         *BulletV* ...for the fresh brewed coffee I have to drink this morning.
         *BulletV* ...that I have 111 points in my Survey Junkie account.
         *BulletV* ...for the banana I had for my first breakfast today.
         *BulletV* ...that I have 55,700 points in my YouGov account.
         *BulletV* ...for the cherry pastry I had to go with my coffee this morning.
         *BulletV* ...that I have 20.83 in my Vindale Research account.
         *BulletV* ...that I was able to finish "Kevin Locke and enter it in "Super Power Mini HOOP LA Challenge.



June 13, 2019 at 12:28pm
June 13, 2019 at 12:28pm
#960732
Istijlál (Majesty), 9 Núr (Light) 176 B.E. - Thursday, June 13, 2019

Facebook Status Update

Another hot day in Vegas,
the wind is blowing
and no birds are singing;
I think I'll turn on
the cool air.

Gratitude List For 9 Núr

Today I am thankful ...
         *BulletV* ...that I was able to transfer $11.14 from my Survey Junkie account to my checking account.
         *BulletV* ...for the fresh brewed coffee I had this morning.
         *BulletV* ...that my Bank of America account is not overdrafted this morning.
         *BulletV* ...for the cherry breakfast pastry I had to go with my coffee this morning.
         *BulletV* ...that I have $20.08 in my Vindale Research account.
         *BulletV* ...for the mixed salad with boiled egg I had for lunch.
         *BulletV* ...that I have 9 points in my Survey Junkie account.

Summer's Arrival2

Summer arrived
eight days early
with triple digit temperatures
that cause power bills
to rise
toward the national debt.

Air conditioners hum,
their songs echoing
through the neighborhood,
while excessive heat warnings
are sent to smartphones.

Footnotes
2  I posted this in Poet 999 - A Butterfly Emerges From Her Cocoon https://poet999.blogspot.com/2019/06/summers-arrival.html.

June 12, 2019 at 12:01pm
June 12, 2019 at 12:01pm
#960681
‘Idál (Justice), 8 Núr (Light) 176 B.E. - Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Submitted to "Spiritual Newsletter (June 12, 2019): "Baha'ullah, the latest in the line of divine prophets or messengers, encourages individuals to search for truth independently. Encourages us to ask questions, and to use our minds to find the answers. As a Baha'i, I recognize the divine foundation of all religions. God has sent different divine messengers to assist humanity in both its spiritual and material progress. Some of the messengers that we know about are Abraham, Moses, Krishna, Buddha, Zoroaster, Christ, Muhammad, the Bab, and Baha'u'llah."

Gratitude List For 8 Núr

Today I am thankful ...
         *BulletV* ...that my Bank of America checking account is not overdrawn this morning.
         *BulletV* ...for Hershey's chocolate syrup because I can use it to make cafe mocha.
         *BulletV* ...that I have $18.78 in my Vindale Research account.
         *BulletV* ...for the doughnuts I have to go with my morning coffee.
         *BulletV* ...that I have 898 points in my Survey Junkie account.
         *BulletV* ...for fresh brewed coffee from a drip coffeemaker.
         *BulletV* ...that I have 926,917 GPs in my Gift Points account.

Jonah Inside the Belly of the Whale3

Averse
to obey God's command
darkness envelop

the being
swallowed by the leviathan
of self.

Stomach acids digest
self's outer layer,
leave,

the inner kernel
on its knees
begging for salvation.


Footnotes
3  I posted this on Poet 999 - A Butterfly Emerges from Her Cocoon https://poet999.blogspot.com/2019/06/jonah-in-belly-of-whale.html.

June 11, 2019 at 12:03pm
June 11, 2019 at 12:03pm
#960625
Fiḍál (Grace), 7 Núr (Light) 176 B.E. - Tuesday, June 11, 2019

I Write For My Beloved4

I write of my Beloved
Through whom my fingers bend
To pick up my pen!

I write of my salvation
Using ink drawn from my ow2n veins
To document my liberation!

I write of my pain
Caused by my ego's attempt to gain
My soul's allegiance!

I write of my fears
Caused by the disempowering years
In Self's prison!

Gratitude List For 7 Núr

Today I am thankful ...
         *BulletV* ...that I have 608 points in my Survey Junkie account.
         *BulletV* ...for the fresh brewed coffee I had this morning.
         *BulletV* ...that my Bank of America account is not overdrawn this morning.
         *BulletV* ...for the coffee flavored yogurt I had with my breakfast this morning.
         *BulletV* ...that we have a working air conditioner in this apartment.
         *BulletV* ...for the Arizona sweet ice tea I had with my lunch.
         *BulletV* ...that I can call on the Local Spiritual Assembly if I have problems.
         *BulletV* ...that I have five editor's picks for my next edition of the spiritual newsletter.



Footnotes
4  I posted this on Poet 989 - A Butterfly Emerges From Her Cocoon https://poet999.blogspot.com/2019/06/i-write-of-my-beloved.html.

June 10, 2019 at 12:17pm
June 10, 2019 at 12:17pm
#960514
Kamál (Perfection), 6 Núr (Light) 176 B.E. - Monday, June 10, 2019

Writing Poetry5

I am compelled to write!
The words come to me as lovers;
As lovers they tantalize and seduce,
Making me their willing slave,
Until I master the art of their seduction.

Gratitude List For 6 Núr

Today I am thankful ...
         *BulletV* ...that my Bank of America checking account is not overdrawn today.
         *BulletV* ...for the fresh brewed coffee I had this morning.
         *BulletV* ...that I have 345 points in my Survey Junkie account.
         *BulletV* ...for the yogurt crunch I had for my morning snack.
         *BulletV* ...that I have a cane to help me get through the house.
         *BulletV* ...for the banana that I had for my afternoon snack.




Footnotes
5  I posted this in Poet 999 - A Butterfly Emerges From Her Cocoon https://poet999.blogspot.com/2019/06/writing-poetry.html.

June 9, 2019 at 12:10pm
June 9, 2019 at 12:10pm
#960445
Jamál (Beauty), 5 Núr (Light) 176 B.E. - Sunday, June 9, 2019

Facebook Status Update

He is the Royal Falcon
My soul is a broken winged bird
The Glory of God heals my drooping wings

Gratitude List For 5 Núr

Today I am thankful ...
         *BulletV* ...that my Bank of America checking account is not overdrawn this morning.
         *BulletV* ...for the fresh brewed hot coffee I had this morning.
         *BulletV* ...that I was able to finish the article The Bab: The Dawn and Herald of the Baha’i Era   by Steve McLean, which is the first in the series The Dawn of a New Faith  .
         *BulletV* ...for the creme soda I had with my lunch.
         *BulletV* ...that I was able to finish the poem "The Martyrdom of The Bab in "Bicentenary Poems and Prose, which is number 20 in the 200 I'm writing to celebrate the Bicentenary of the Birth of The Bab.
         *BulletV* ...for the hotlinks I had for lunch
         *BulletV* ...that I have 86 points in my Survey Junkie account.
         *BulletV* ...for the beautiful, pleasant day because I can keep the door open for some fresh air.
         *BulletV* ...that I have $17.02 in my Vindale Research account.


We ask questions all the time:
Who, what, when, where, where, why, and how.
The answers come in various forms,
though they are often not what we want
or expect.

Are the questions
we ask God and ourselves
meant to elicit the answers we want
or the answers we need.

I find myself asking, "What am I doing wrong?"

Doesn't this suggest that I expect
to take the incorrect action?
On the other hand,
if I rephrase the question
it becomes "What am I doing right?"
Now I'm preparing my eyes to see reality.
God put within me,
within everyone,
a s park of divine light.

Rephrasing a question refocuses it
on either the positive or the negative.
It lets us see both what needs fixing
and what is well done.
God loves the individual and humanity,
has a plan for each person
and for civilization:
There is always something the individual is doing right.

Footnotes
6  I posted this on Poet 999 - A Butterfly Emerges From Her Cocoon https://poet999.blogspot.com/2019/06/am-i-asking-right-question.html.

June 8, 2019 at 10:35am
June 8, 2019 at 10:35am
#960386
Jalál (Glory), 4 Núr (Light) 176 B.E. - Saturday, June 8, 2019

Facebook Status Update
For Friday, June 7

You know you're getting old when
you walk into the kitchen and ask:
"What did I come after?"
And decide that the best
solution to the problem
is another cup of coffee.

Facebook Status Update
For Saturday, June 8

Saturday morning
The smoke alarm is sounding
Breakfast is ready

Gratitude List For 4 Núr

Today I am thankful ...
         *BulletV* ...that my Bank of America account is not overdrawn today.
         *BulletV* ...for chocolate doughnut to go with my coffee.
         *BulletV* ...that I have 55,200 points in my YouGov account.
         *BulletV* ...for the Arizona sweet ice tea I had this afternoon.
         *BulletV* ...that I have 32 points in my Survey Junkie account.
         *BulletV* ...for the cream soda I had with my evening meal.
         *BulletV* ...that I have $16.27 in my Vindale research account.

" At The Beach
In Honor of World Ocean Day7

Like battalion marching to war,
Transporting victims of slaughter,
Waves are marching into the shore.

Pushing lathered whitecaps before,
swells transport debris and water,
Like battalions marching to war.

As birds echoing the breakers roar,
Scavenge the sea edge for fodder,
Waves are marching into the shore.

Suffers paddle away from the shore,
Advancing past the breakwater.
Like battalions marching to war.

Billows recite ancient sea lore,
As tourist ramp in the water,
Wave are marching into the shore.

Disgorging refuse on the shore,
The sea returns our waste water:
Like battalions marching to war,
Waves are marching into the shore.

Footnotes
7  I posted this in Poet 999 - A Butterfly Emerges From Her Cocoon https://poet999.blogspot.com/2019/06/at-beach-in-honor-of-world-ocean-day.html.

June 7, 2019 at 11:20am
June 7, 2019 at 11:20am
#960336
Istiqlál (Independence), 3 Núr (Light) 176 B.E. - Friday, June 7, 2019


In the words of Baha'u'llah,
I find a fortress safe and strong
where the cares and strife of modern life
neither linger nor belong.

His words inspire my heart to find
the love that hate conceals,
His pen inscribes upon my spirit
the faith that tests reveal.

His verses are my sanctuary
bestowing peace on mind and soul,
His sacred scriptures God's book of laws
to which obedience is my goal.

Gratitude List for 3 Núr

Today I am thankful ...
         *BulletV* ...that my Bank o f America checking account is not overdrawn today.
         *BulletV* ...for the cafe mocha I had with my sweet roll this morning.
         *BulletV* ...that the money I transferred from Survey Junkie yesterday hit my PayPal account.
         *BulletV* ...for the hard boiled eggs I had for breakfast.
         *BulletV* ...that I was able to finish the article God: Beyond the Idea of the Bearded Patriarch   by Ali Helmy, because it gave me a deeper understanding of God's Unknowable Essence.
         *BulletV* ...for the beautiful and pleasant morning because I can keep the door open to get some fresh air into the house.
         *BulletV* ...that I was able to finish If We Have a Soul, Where Does it Live?   by David Langness, which is the first article in the series The Existence of the Human Soul  .
         *BulletV* ...that I received two merit badges today.
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The series of articles on BahaiTeachings.crg   I'm reading.

*BulletB* The Existence of the Human Soul  
*BulletB* The Baha'i Model of Penology  
*BulletB* Indigenous Messengers of God  
*Bulletb*God Speaks Again  

Footnotes
8  I posted this in Poet 999 - A Butterfly Emerges From Her Cocoon https://poet999.blogspot.com/2019/06/my-sanctuary-writings-of-bahaullah.html.

June 6, 2019 at 3:24pm
June 6, 2019 at 3:24pm
#960295
Istijlál (Majesty), 2 Núr (Light) 176 B.E. - Thursday, June 6, 2019


Prior to dawn
the darkness deepens,
as if gathering its strength
to fight the light.

Dawn comes
its rays of life
send darkness scurrying
and ting gray-white the morning sky.

Life's rays paint
the sky in shades of purple
streak the clouds
with pink and red.

The sun ascending
in silent glory
blinds the ravenous birds of night
and inspires the nightingale's song.

Gratitude List for 2 Núr

Today I am thankful ...
         *BulletV* ...that my Bank of America checking account is not overdrawn today.
         *BulletV* ...for fresh brewed hot coffee this morning.
         *BulletV* ...that I have 1,010 in my Survey Junkie account because I can have it transferred to my PayPal account.
         *BulletV* ...that I was able to start poem 19 of the 200 I am writing to celebrate the Bicentenary of the Birth of the Bab.
         *BulletV* ...that I was able to make an appointment with Dr. Lim for Thursday, July 11, at 2:20 PM.


Footnotes
9  I posted this in Poet 999 - A Butterfly Emerges From Her Cocoon https://poet999.blogspot.com/2019/06/judgment-day-description-of-dawn.html.

June 5, 2019 at 2:09pm
June 5, 2019 at 2:09pm
#960231
‘Idál (Justice), 1 Núr (Light) 176 B.E. - Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Feast of Núr

I posted Day 2 of my entry in the "The Bard's Hall Contest. I'm attempting to post entries that have nothing to do with the any blog prompts I receive. On Tuesday, June 4, I posted "Tuesday Contemplations: June 4, 2019, and today, Wednesday, June 5, I posted "Midweek Reflections on the Nineteen-Day Feasts. The reason for this is creativity, I need to convince myself that I can consistently post entries that have nothing to do with blog prompts.


Gratitude List For 1 Núr

Today I am thankful ...
         *BulletV* ...that my Bank of America checking account is not overdrawn today.
         *BulletV* ...for the fresh brewed coffee I had this morning.
         *BulletV* ...that I have 750 points in my Survey Junkie account.
         *BulletV* ...for the Cream Soda I had with my lunch.
         *BulletV* ...that I have $15.87 in my Vindale Research account.
         *BulletV* ...for the working air conditioner we have in this apartment.
         *BulletV* ...that I have 881,766 GPs in my Gift Points account.
         *BulletV* ...for the bottles of water we have because it tastes better than water out of faucet.
         *BulletV* ...that I was able to finish the article When My Nightmares Turned into Spiritual Dreams   by Camilla Chance.


Life is renewed,
and creation reborn
for Christ ha returned
in the Father's Glory.

Stalactites of light
shine with crystal radiance,
while grandeur is reflected
from radiant stalagmites.

Stalagmites and stalactites
glitter in the darkness of matter
proclaiming the joyous news.

Silence transcends
for an abundance of reasons say:
That God's Promise is fulfilled.

Splendor's shadow hides
in the radiant reflection
of the Lord of Host
and the King of Glory.

Footnotes
10  I posted this in Poet 999 - A Butterfly Emerges From Her Cocoon https://poet999.blogspot.com/2019/06/feast-of-light.html.

June 3, 2019 at 1:20pm
June 3, 2019 at 1:20pm
#960122
Kamál (Perfection), 18 ‘Aẓamat (Grandeur) 176 B.E. - Monday, June 3, 2019

Gratitude List for 18 ‘Aẓamat

Today I am thankful...
         *BulletV* ...that my Bank of America checking account is not overdrawn this morning.
         *BulletV* ...for the fresh brewed coffee I have today.
         *BulletV* ...that I was able to pay the rent today.
         *BulletV* ...for the Arizona sweet ice tea I had with my lunch.
         *BulletV* ...that I have 486 points in my Survey Junkie account.


Fiḍál (Grace), 19 ‘Aẓamat (Grandeur) 176 B.E. - Tuesday, June 4, 2019


After midnight
the seconds become minutes suspended
on the event horizon of a black hole.

A black hole that pulls
and stretches the minutes
into hours longing for dawn.

After midnight
the mind falls
into a cogitative languor
waiting for the hours
to be pulled into days.

Days overflowing
with the agony of months
stretching into years.

After midnight
the eyes stare into years
elongating into decades.

Decades pulled
second by second into centuries
that are pulled minute by minute
into millennia that are stretched
hour by h our into aeons.

Gratitude List for 19 ‘Aẓamat

Today I am thankful...
         *BulletV* ...that my Bank of America checking account is not overdrafted this morning.
         *BulletV* ...for fresh brewed hot coffee on this late spring morning.
         *BulletV* ...that I have 676 points in my Survey Junkie account.
         *BulletV* ...for the working air conditioner we have in this apartment.
         *BulletV* ...that I have completed 18 of the 200 poems I'm writing to celebrate the Bicentenary of the Birth of The Bab. I have 182 poems left to write in 147 days.
         *BulletV* ...for the chocolate covered cherries I have for an afternoon snack.




Footnotes
11  I posted this in Poet 999 - A Butterfly Emerges from Her Cocoon https://poet999.blogspot.com/2019/06/after-midnight.html.

June 2, 2019 at 10:53am
June 2, 2019 at 10:53am
#960048
Jamál (Beauty), 17 ‘Aẓamat (Grandeur) 176 B.E. - Sunday, June 2, 2019

Trust God12

Place your trust in God
Move forward toward your goal
God is sufficient

Gratitude List for 17 ‘Aẓamat

Today I am thankful...
         *BulletV* ...that my Bank of America checking account is not overdrawn this morning.
         *BulletV* ...for the chocolate chip cookie I had for my morning snack.
         *BulletV* ...that I have 471 points in my Survey Junkie account.
         *BulletV* ...for fresh brewed strong back coffee to start my Sunday with.
         *BulletV* ...that my poem "My lLife Is The Title Of A Poem won second place in May's edition of the "Open Expression: A Poetry Contest.
         *BulletV* ...for the Starbucks snack box I had for breakfast. It contained eggs, cheese, peanut butter, and a little biscuit.
         *BulletV* ...that I was able to finish the article Baha’i Behavior: No Mere Code of Laws   by John Hatcher. This is the first in a series of article titled The Baha'i Model of Penology  , which is about the Kitab-i-Aqdas (the Most Holy Book), which was revealed by Baha'u'llah.
         *BulletV* ...that my Vindale research account has $15.12 in it.


Footnotes
12  I posted this on Poet 999 - A Butterfly Emerges From Her Cocoon https://poet999.blogspot.com/2019/06/trust-god.html.

June 1, 2019 at 10:57am
June 1, 2019 at 10:57am
#959984
Jalál (Glory), 16 ‘Aẓamat (Grandeur) 176 B.E. - Saturday, June 1, 2019

Saturday13

A beautiful day
Bright sun, blue sky, and white clouds
Wind moves tree shadows

Gratitude List for 16 ‘Aẓamat

Today I am thankful...
         *BulletV* ...that my Bank of America checking account is not overdrawn this morning.
         *BulletV* ...for the fresh brewed black coffee I have to drink today.
         *BulletV* ...that my Social Security money hit my checking account today.
         *BulletV* ...for the dried fig pieces I have with my morning coffee.
         *BulletV* ...that I have 363 points in my Survey Junkie account.
         *BulletV* ...for the pleasant day because I can keep the front door open rather than turn on the air conditioner.
         *BulletV* ...that I received an awardicon for
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         *BulletV* ...that I have 56,600 in my YouGov account.
         *BulletV* ...that I have $67.18 in my Google AdSense Account.
         *BulletV* ...that I have $14.37 in my Vindale Research account.

Footnotes
13  I posted this on Poet 999 - A Butterfly Emerges From Her Cocoon https://poet999.blogspot.com/2019/06/saturday.html.

May 31, 2019 at 1:05pm
May 31, 2019 at 1:05pm
#959946
Istiqlál (Independence), 15 ‘Aẓamat (Grandeur) 176 B.E. - Friday, May 31, 2019

Peace Plan14

The Glory of God
Has a plan for humankind
That will put an end to war


Gratitude List for 15 ‘Aẓamat

Today I am thankful...
         *BulletV* ...that my Bank of America checking account is not overdrawn this morning.
         *BulletV* ...for fresh brewed hot black coffee.
         *BulletV* ...that my SSI check hit my checking account today .
         *BulletV* ...for the chocolate brownies I had with my coffee this morning.
         *BulletV* ...that I was able to pay the Cox Communications bill and make my payday loan payment today.
         *BulletV* ...for the clothes Miss Mischell brought me.
         *BulletV* ...that I have 273 points in my Survey Junkie account.
         *BulletV* ...for the veggie wrap I had for lunch today.
         *BulletV* ...that I was able to finish The Tao of Baha’i Life: to Act or not to Act   by Peter Gyulay.
         *BulletV* ...that I have $13.62 in my Vindale Research account.

Footnotes
14  I posted this on Poet 999 - A Butterfly Emerges from Her Cocoon https://poet999.blogspot.com/2019/05/peace-plan.html.

May 29, 2019 at 10:48am
May 29, 2019 at 10:48am
#959823
‘Idál (Jusitce), 13 ‘Aẓamat (Grandeur) 176 B.E. - Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Ascension of Baha'u'llah

Gratitude List for 13 ‘Aẓamat

Today I am thankful...
         *BulletV* ...that my Bank of America checking account is not overdrawn this morning.
         *BulletV* ...for fresh brewed black coffee to drink while I write this morning.
         *BulletV* ...that the $10.59 from my PayPal account hit my checking account today.
         *BulletV* ...that "Metaphor of Eternal Life was feature in "Spiritual Newsletter (May 29, 2019) this week.
         *BulletV* ...that I was able to finish Losing Everything but My Faith: Becoming a Baha’i   by Camilla Chance.
         *BulletV* ...that I discovered the link to my other offsite blog, http://poet999writingthoughts.blogspot.com/, while I was doing some housekeeping in "The Snowflake Chronicles.
         *BulletV* ...that I was able to get all the Editors Picks for my next edition of the Fantasy newsletter.


Istijlál (Majesty), 14 ‘Aẓamat (Grandeur) 176 B.E. - Thursday, May 30, 2019

Gratitude List for 14 ‘Aẓamat

Today I am thankful...
         *BulletV* ...that my Bank of America checking account is not overdrawn this morning.
         *BulletV* ...for the chocolate brownies I have to go with my coffee this morning.
         *BulletV* ...that I have 172 points in my Survey Junie account.
May 28, 2019 at 11:43am
May 28, 2019 at 11:43am
#959787
Fiḍál (Grace), 12 ‘Aẓamat (Grandeur) 176 B.E. - Tuesday, May 28, 2019

"Every word is endowed with a spirit … One word may be likened unto fire, another unto light, and the influence which both exert is manifest in the world. Therefore an enlightened man of wisdom should primarily speak with words as mild as milk, that the children of men may be nurtured and edified thereby and may attain the ultimate goal of human existence which is the station of true understanding and nobility."
Baha’u’llah15

The Power of Words16

Think before you speak
Your words hove the power to
Create or destroy

Gratitude List for 12 ‘Aẓamat

Today I am thankful...
         *BulletV* ...that my Bank of America checking account is not overdrawn this morning.
         *BulletV* ...for fresh brewed black coffee.
         *BulletV* ...that I have 836,667 GPs in my Gift Points account this morning.
         *BulletV* ...for the beautiful partly cloudy day because I can keep the front door open.
         *BulletV* ...that I have 1,056 points in my Survey Junkie account, and was able to transfer $10.56 to my PayPal account.
         *BulletV* ...that I was able to finish Where Are Your Moral Goalposts?   by Maya Bohnhoff, which is the first article in the series Do No Harm  .

Footnotes
15  Tablets of Baha’u’llah, pp. 172-173.
16  I posted this on Poet 999 - Butterfly Emerges From Her Cocoon https://poet999.blogspot.com/2019/05/the-power-of-words.html.

May 26, 2019 at 11:08am
May 26, 2019 at 11:08am
#959651
Jamál (Beauty), 10 ‘Aẓamat (Grandeur) 176 B.E. - Sunday, May 26, 2019

"Verily I say, the creation of God embraceth worlds besides this world, and creatures apart from these creatures. In each of these worlds He hath ordained things which none can search except Himself, the All-Searching, the All-Wise."
Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh p. 187-188

"Regarding the passage on p. 163 of the 'Gleanings'; the creatures which Bahá’u’lláh states to be found in every planet cannot be considered to be necessarily similar or different from human beings on this earth. Bahá’u’lláh does not specifically state whether such creatures are like or unlike us. He simply refers to the fact that there are creatures in every planet. It remains for science to discover one day the exact nature of these creatures."
Shoghi Effendi, Lights of Guidance p. 478

Life in the Universe17

Ear star has planets
Each planet has its own life forms
The galaxy and the universe created for life

There are 156 days until October 29, 2019, and the celebration of the bicentenary of the Birth of the Bab. The commemoration of the Martyrdom of the Bab is 45 days away. The commemoration of the Ascension of Baha'u'llah is 3 days away. I need to put on my thinking cap (my grandmother's words) and write some more poems. I have finished 16 of the 200 I'm dedicating to the Bab.

Gratitude List for 10 ‘Aẓamat

Today I am thankful...
         *BulletV* ...that my Bank of America checking account is not overdrawn today.
         *BulletV* ...for the fresh brewed coffee I have to drink this morning.
         *BulletV* ...that I have 747 points in my Survey Junkie account.
         *BulletV* ...for the grapefruit I had for breakfast this morning.
         *BulletV* ...that I was able to finish Native Messengers: Lone Man and the Mandan Sacred Values   by Christopher Buck and Kevin Locke, which is installment 39 in the series Indigenous Messengers of God  .
         *BulletV* ...for the pleasant day because I can keep the door open, and don't have to turn on the air conditioner for cool air.
         *BulletV* ... that I have $12.26 in my Inbox Dollars account.




Footnotes
17  I posted this on Poet 999 - A Butterfly Emerges From Her Cocoon https://poet999.blogspot.com/2019/05/life-in-universe.html.

May 25, 2019 at 11:17am
May 25, 2019 at 11:17am
#959601
Jalál (Glory), 9 ‘Aẓamat (Grandeur) 176 B.E. - Saturday, May 25, 2019

Prayer for the Departed

"O my God! O Thou forgiver of sins, bestower of gifts, dispeller of afflictions!

Verily, I beseech thee to forgive the sins of such as have abandoned the physical garment and have ascended to the spiritual world.

O my Lord! Purify them from trespasses, dispel their sorrows, and change their darkness into light. Cause them to enter the garden of happiness, cleanse them with the most pure water, and grant them to behold Thy splendors on the loftiest mount."

‘Abdu’l-Bahá18

Memorial Day Thoughts

It's Memorial Day weekend, and most people will be barbecuing or going to Memorial Day sales. How many will think of why we commemorate Memorial Day? How many will think of the toll that war has on those who fight and come home alive? I know I didn't until I read the article No Bad Guys on Memorial Day   by David Langness. We civilians, who have never been in battle, can't know or comprehend the damage war does to the minds and the souls of soldiers. Instead of celebrating Memorial Day--which is what many of us do--we need to stop and say a prayer for the souls of those soldiers killed in battle.

Gratitude List for 9 ‘Aẓamat

Today I am thankful...
         *BulletV* ...that my Bank of America checking account is not overdrawn this morning.
         *BulletV* ...for fresh brewed black coffee sipped from my writing.com travel mug.
         *BulletV* ...that I have 523 points in my Survey Junkie account.
         *BulletV* ...for the beautiful, pleasant day because I can keep the door open.
         *BulletV* ...that I was able to finish the article The Survival of the Soul after Death   by Alan Dworak, which is the first article in the series What Happens To Us After We Die?  .

Saturday Afternoon19

Partly cloudy
patches of blue sky
peek through grayish-white clouds
that are pushed by the wind
toward the western mountains.

Footnotes
18  http://www.bahaiprayers.org/depart4.htm
19  I posted this on Poet 999 - A Butterfly Emerges From Her Cocoon https://poet999.blogspot.com/2019/05/saturday-afternoon.html.


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