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Gratitude breaks the spell of Writers Block
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.

If you are fortunate, a red fox will walk across your line of sight. The fox will leave his footprints written in the snowfield. As you watch the fox move, the spell holding you in one spot staring at the snow is broken. You are free to go inside out of the cold and out of danger.


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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March 12, 2021 at 2:45pm
March 12, 2021 at 2:45pm
#1006255
Istiqlal (Independence) 12 Ala (Loftiness) 177 B.E. - Friday, March 12, 2021

Ten Days of Happiness:
Day 2

Take five deep breaths. Notice how your body moves as you breathe in and out. When I take deep breaths I can feel my lungs expanding and my chest rising.

Close your eyes. Name five sounds that you hear.

*BulletV* Television in another room.
*BulletV* Airplane flying over neighborhood.
*BulletV* Car driving past apartment.
*BulletV* Refrigerator running.
*BulletV* Child crying out side.

Notice how you're feeling right now, with awareness but without judgement. I feel relaxed. My mind is calm and unworried.

How will you be more present today?

I will be more present as I say each prayer today . I will focus on the words and let them flow through my mind.
March 11, 2021 at 1:14pm
March 11, 2021 at 1:14pm
#1006197
Istijlal (Majesty) 11 Ala (Loftiness) 177 B.E. - Thursday, March 11, 2021


On the second Thankful Thursday in March 2021,
I am grateful...
         *BulletV* ...that I received the following merit badges between 3/5/21 and 3/11/21.
Merit Badge in WDC Media Prompt
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Thank you for your participation in the  48-HOUR CHALLENGE:  "  Jumpsuit   by  Twenty One Pilots " Media Prompt  hosted by  [Link To User support]  March 2021! We appreciate that you tackled this challenge... *^*Smile*^* *^*Thumbsupl*^* Merit Badge in The Contest Challenge 1
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Congratulations on finishing a whole year of  [Link To Item #2109126] !  It's not easy, but you did it!  Well done!  *^*Heart*^*

         *BulletV* ...for the fresh brewed coffee I had on this late winter morning.
         *BulletV* ...that my Bank of America checking account is not overdrawn today.
         *BulletV* ...for the banana I had to go with my coffee this morning.
         *BulletV* ...that I began the 10 Days of Happiness exercises today.
         *BulletV* ...for the Revelation of Baha'u'llah because He revealed prayers that calm me when I am under stress.
         *BulletV* ...that I was able to transfer $5.02 from Survey Junkie to my PayPal account.
         *BulletV* ...for the Arizona Watermelon Fruit Cocktail I had with my lunch.

March 4, 2021 at 12:25pm
March 4, 2021 at 12:25pm
#1005798
Istijlal (Majesty) 4 Ala (Loftiness) 177 B.E. - Thursday, March 4, 2021


On the first Thankful Thursday in March 2021,
         I am thankful ...
                   *BulletV* ...that I received several merit badges between 2/26/21 and 3/4/21.
Merit Badge in Reviewing
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Ranked # 3   Public Reviewer  for the month of  January 2021 . For more details, please see  [Link To Item #614925] . Merit Badge in Job Well Done
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I wanted to do a little something more, so here's a "Job Well Done" merit badge for your assistance in helping me move past that awful number.  Merit Badge in BCOF
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Congratulations Merit Badge in Lighthouse Poetry
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*^*Trophyg*^* CONGRATULATIONS *^*Trophyg*^* to all the participates in the challenge to complete all 4 years of  [Link To Item #2109126]   [Link To User schnujo]  wants to celebrate your accomplishments with a trilogy package from  [Link To Item #1742964]  and  [Link To Item #2229244]  This is #1 of 3 MB's. You are an AMAZING group of people and writers. Here's to you! *^*Heart*^* Merit Badge in Sweet Dreams
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Congratulations on completing every month of  [Link To Item #2109126]  since it started! This exclusive merit badge is a gift from  [Link To User schnujo]  and is the second of five that she so generously purchased in celebration of your achievement! Well done!

                   *BulletV* ...for fresh brewed coffee on this chilly late winter morning.
                   *BulletV* ...that my Bank of America checking account is not overdrawn.
                   *BulletV* ...for the Oreo cookies I had to go with my coffee this morning.
                   *BulletV* ...that my Bank of America checking account is not overdrawn.
                   *BulletV* ...for the spaghetti I had for my brunch today.

March 1, 2021 at 2:03pm
March 1, 2021 at 2:03pm
#1005579
Kamal (Perfection) 1 Ala (Loftiness) 177 B.E. - Monday, March 1, 2021
Feast of Ala

Facebook Status Update

Chilly March morning
19-Day Fast has begun
with beautiful prayers

Jalal (Glory) 6 Ala (Loftiness) 177 B.E. - Saturday, March 6, 2021

Facebook status Update

Happy Saturday
Sunshine penetrates gray clouds
Wind whispers through palms

Jamal (Beauty) 7 Ala (Loftiness) 177 B.E. - Sunday, March 7, 2021

Facebook Status Update

Las Vegas in March
Gray clouds dim the sun's bright light
Neighbor walks her dog

Istijlal (Majesty) 11 Ala (Loftiness) 177 B.E. - Thursday, March 11, 2021

Facebook Status Update

Happy Thankful Thursday!
Today I'm thankful for
the prayer that Baha'u'llah
revealed for for the Fast.


Thankful Thursday Gratitude

Happy Thankful Thursday!
Today I am grateful
for Baha'u'llah,
and the prayers He revealed.


Istiqlal (Independence) 12 Ala (Loftiness) 177 B.E. - Friday, March 12, 2021

Facebook Status Update

I pause,
take a deep breath
and intone the prayer for America.

Fidal (Grace) 16 Ala (Loftiness) 177 B.E. - Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Facebook Status Update

I sip from the chalice of God's Word,
Prayers revealed
by Baha'u'llah.

Istqlal (Independence) 19 Ala (Loftiness) 177 B.E. - Friday, March 19, 2021

Facebook Status Update

Today,
March 19, 2021,
is the 100th anniversary
of my Mother's birth.

Jamal (Glory) 1Baha (Splendor) 178 B.E. - Saturday, March 20, 2021
Naw-Ruz and Feast of Baha

Facebook Status Update

Joyful Naw-Ruz!
Inhale the tranquility
and raise your voices in praise.

Not Sure of the Date

Facebook Status Update

Beautiful morning
Birds singing in the pine trees
Windy afternoon

Jamal (Beauty) 9 Baha (Splendor) 178 B.E. - Sunday, March 28, 2021

Facebook Status Update

On the last Sunday in March 2021,
I inhale the morning chill
and wonder
if spring is really here

Kamal (Perfection) 10 Baha (Splendor) 178 B.E. - Monday, March 29, 2021

Facebook Status Update

Black cats are good luck
When the rub against your leg
They are giving you their good luck
February 25, 2021 at 10:59am
February 25, 2021 at 10:59am
#1005257
Istijlal (Majesty) 1 Ayyam-I-Ha (Days of Ha) 177 B.E. - Thursday, February 25, 2021


On the last Thankful Thursday in February 2021
         i am thankful ...
                   *BulletV* ...that I have $3.11 in my Survey Junkie account.
                   *BulletV* ...for the fresh brewed coffee I had this morning.
                   *BulletV* ...that today is the first day of Ayyam-I-Ha.
                   *BulletV* ...for the Oreo cookies and banana I had to go with my coffee this morning.
                   *BulletV* ...that my Bank of America checking account is not overdrawn today.
                   *BulletV* ...for the cheese pizza I had for breakfast.
                   *BulletV* ...that I have finished 10 poems in the 100 I'm writing to commemorate the centenary of the Ascension of 'Abdu'l-Baha.
                   *BulletV* ...for the cream of mushroom soup and the chicken sandwich I had for lunch
                   *BulletV* ...that I receive a merit badge between 2/19/21 & 2/25/21.
Merit Badge in Monthly Calendar Contest Badge
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For completing  [Link To Item #2109126]  A gift from:  [Link To User schnujo]

February 18, 2021 at 11:50am
February 18, 2021 at 11:50am
#1004742
Istijlal (Majesty) 13 Mulk (Dominion) 177 B.E. - Thursday, February 18, 2021


On the third Thankful Thursday in February 2021,
         I am grateful for the fresh brewed coffee I had this morning. Coffee is one of God's wonderful gifts to humanity.
         I am grateful for the merit badges I received between 2/12/21 and 2/18/21.
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Happy Valentine's Day 2021 to you! 

May it be a day filled with chocolate Labradors, friends to blow the day off as bah humbug, galloping unicorns, music, romance & love, and any fun you want to have. 

Thank you for playing with me in the newsfeed. Enjoy this special exclusive badge.

Annette. Merit Badge in WDC Media Prompt
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Thank you for your participation in the  48-HOUR CHALLENGE:  "  Lovesong   by  The Cure " Media Prompt  hosted by  [Link To User support]  February 2021! We appreciate that you tackled this challenge... *^*Smile*^* *^*Thumbsupl*^* Merit Badge in Early to Bed Early to Rise
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Congratulations on completing every month of  [Link To Item #2109126]  since it started! This exclusive merit badge is a gift from  [Link To User schnujo]  and is the first of five that she so generously purchased in celebration of your achievement! Well done!

         I am thankful that Mema was playing with an almost empty roll of toilet paper, because it gave me an idea for today's Facebook Status Update. "I finally figured out why people were hoarding toilet paper last year. It was because their cats needed it to play with during lock down."
         I am grateful for the chocolate chip cookies I had to go with my coffee this morning. Chocolate is another one of God's gifts to humanity.
         I am thankful that my Bank of America checking account is not overdrawn.



February 11, 2021 at 12:04pm
February 11, 2021 at 12:04pm
#1004248
Istijlal (Majesty) 6 Mulk (Dominion) 177 B.E. - Thursday, February 11, 2021


On the second Thankful Thursday in February 2021,
         I am grateful ...
                   *BulletV* ...that my Bank of America checking account is not overdrawn today.
                   *BulletV* ...for fresh brewed black coffee on this late fall morning.
                   *BulletV* ...that I received three merit badges between February 5-11, 2021.

Merit Badge in Zodiac Leo
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You need the stubbornness of a Leo to plow through 4 years worth of  [Link To Item #2109126] ! Congratulations! Merit Badge in Travel
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      Congratulations for completing FOUR WHOLE YEARS of  [Link To Item #2109126] ! It's a huge feat and your endurance and persistence had been my incentive to complete the challenge too, so thank you for inspiring me! I think writing for innumerable contests with varying prompts and exploring our limits was quite a journey for us, and hence the badge. *^*Smile*^* Hope you have a wonderful year ahead!      Merit Badge in Days Of Sunshine
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For finishing 4 years of  [Link To Item #2109126]  A gift from  [Link To User schnujo]  *^*Heart*^*

                   *BulletV* ...for the Arizona sweet tea I had with my lunch today.
                   *BulletV* ...that I have $19.75 in my Inbox Dollars account.
                   *BulletV* ...for Mema because she enjoys laying in my lap and purring, which helps keep my blood pressure low.
                   *BulletV* ...that I have $1.52 in my Survey Junkie account.


February 9, 2021 at 7:28pm
February 9, 2021 at 7:28pm
#1004112
Fidal (Grace) 4 Mulk (Dominion) 177 B.E. - Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Facebook Status Update

Today is a good day
because I woke with
God's Most Great Name
on my lips
and echoing through my mind.

Kamal (Perfection) 10 Mulk (Dominion) 177 B.E. - Monday, February 15, 2021
President's Day


In Baha'u'llah's Name

In Baha'u'llah's name I ask,
for the ability to teach God's Cause,
and for guidance to us my talents
in accordance with God's will.

In Baha'u'llah's name I ask,
to be independent of all save God,
and to love humanity.

In Baha'u'llah's name I ask,
for help the walk the Path of Faith,
and strength to serve the cause of God.

Fidal (Grace) 11 Mulk (Dominion) 177 B.E. - Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Facebook Status Update

On Tranquility Tuesday,
I contemplate the Feast of 'Ala',
the beginning of the Month of Loftiness,
and the 19-Day Fast.

At 74--
and beyond the age of fasting--
I look forward
to saying the Fasting prayers.

Jamal (Beauty) 16 Mulk (Dominion) 177 B.E. - Sunday, February 21, 2021

Facebook Status Update

A few days until Ayyam-I-Ha,
a time of happiness and sharing,
a time to remember the joy
of knowing Baha'u'llah.

Kamal (Perfection) 17 Mulk (Dominion) 177 B.E. - Monday, February 22, 2021

Facebook Status Update

Motivation:
God Most Great Name intoned
on a chilly
late winter morning
is a positive start to the day.

Fidal (Grace) 18 Mulk (Dominion) 177 B.E. - Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Ayyam-I-Ha begins at sunset on February 24 and ends at sunset on February 28. Let's make these Day of Joy and sharing.

Idal (Justice) 19 Mulk (Dominion) 177 B.E. - Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Facebook Status Update

In about four days the Fast will begin. At 74, I'm looking forward to saying the prayer revealed for the Fast.

Istijlal (Majesty) 1 Ayyam-I-Ha (Days of Ha) 177 B.E. - Thursday, February 25, 2021

Facebook Status Update

Happy Ayyam-I-Ha!


Prayer of Gratitude

O Lord,
thank you for Ayyam0I-Ha,
for the joyful Day of Ha,
for your gracious forgiveness of our sins,
and for today's beautiful weather.

February 4, 2021 at 4:37pm
February 4, 2021 at 4:37pm
#1003645
Istijlal (Majesty) 18 Sultan (Sovereignty) 177 B.E. - Thursday, February 4, 2021


On the first Thankful Thursday in February 2021,
         I am thankful ...
                   *BulletV* ...for the merit badges I received this week (1/29/21-2/4/21).

Merit Badge in Royal Shield
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Many blessings for being part of
 [Link To Item #2220869] 

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Today is your Day, for finishing All 4 years in Contest Challenge. It must have been exciting and Challenging  [Link To Item #2109126] Merit Badge in Follow Your Dreams
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Annette. Merit Badge in Endurance
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From a Capricorn to you!!!!! From Schnujo and me!!!

Each day,
each month,
brings a new reason
to give thanks and praise God.


January 28, 2021 at 12:15pm
January 28, 2021 at 12:15pm
#1003069
Istijlal (Majesty) 11 Sultan (Sovereignty) 177 B.E. - Wednesday, January 28, 2021


On the last Thankful Thursday in January 2021,
         I am grateful ...
                   *BulletV* ...for the chocolate cake I had to go with my coffee this morning.
                   *BulletV* ...that I was able to post a Thankful Thursday Gratitude list for "Thankful Thursday: January 21, 2021.
                   *BulletV* ...for the fresh brewed coffee I had on this chilly late winter morning.
                   *BulletV* ...that my Bank of America checking account is not overdrawn today.
                   *BulletV* ...for the merit badges I have received this week.
Merit Badge in Chatterbox Group
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For finishing 4 years of  [Link To Item #2109126]  A gift from  [Link To User schnujo] Merit Badge in Second Time Around Contest
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This merit badge comes with the Chocolate Whip package that  [Link To User schnujo]  purchased for you recently.

I hope you have enjoyed your sweet treats!

Rachel


January 21, 2021 at 3:34pm
January 21, 2021 at 3:34pm
#1002566
Istijlal (Majesty) 4 Sultan (Sovereignty) 177 B.E. - Thursday, January 21, 2021


Today I am grateful ...
         *BulletV* ...that I was able to use my power chair when I went to pick up my Senior commodities today.
         *BulletV* ...for the merit badges I received this week.
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Thank you for your participation in the  48-HOUR CHALLENGE:  "  Sober Up   by  AJR " Media Prompt  hosted by  [Link To User support]  January 2021! We appreciate that you tackled this challenge... *^*Smile*^* *^*Thumbsupl*^*

         *BulletV* ...that "2020: The Good, The Bad, and The Weird was featured in "Comedy Newsletter (January 20, 2021).


January 14, 2021 at 12:03pm
January 14, 2021 at 12:03pm
#1002093
Istijlal (Majesty) 16 Sharaf (Honor) 177 B.E. - Thursday, January 14, 2021


On the second Thankful Thursday in January 2021,
         I am grateful ...
                   *BulletV* ...that my Bank of America checking account is not overdrawn today.
                   *BulletV* ...for the merit badges I received this week for 4 years participation in "The Contest Challenge.

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                   *BulletV* ...that I was able to catch up on all the bills this month, so that I can begin February without owing any past due bills.
                   *BulletV* ...for fresh brewed coffee on this beautiful winter morning.
                   *BulletV* ...that I was able to order a Baha'i datebook for 178 B.E. in January. Last year I had to wait until April--almost a month after Naw-Ruz--to order the datebook.
                   *BulletV* ...for the breakfast sweet roll I had with my coffee.
                   *BulletV* ...that I discovered another quote by 'Abdu'l-Baha, because it will help inspire one or more of the 100 poems I am writing for the centenary commemoration of his ascension.

"The darkness of this gloomy night shall pass away. Again the Sun of Reality will dawn from the horizon of the hearts. Have patience, wait but do not sit idle; work while you are waiting; smile when you are wearied with monotony; be firm while everything around you is being shaken; be joyous while the ugly face of despair grins at you; speak aloud while the malevolent forces of the nether world try to crush your mind; be valiant and courageous while men all around you are cringing with fear and cowardice. Do not yield to the overwhelming power of tyranny and despotism. Serve the cause of democracy and freedom. Continue your journey to the end. The bright day is coming. The nucleus of the new race is forming. The harbinger of the new ideals of international justice is appearing. The trees of hope will become verdant; the copper of scorn and derision will be transmuted into the gold of honor and praise; the arid desert of ignorance will be transformed into the luxuriant garden of knowledge; the threatening clouds shall be dispelled and the stars of faith and charity will again twinkle in the clear heaven of consciousness."
Abdu’l-Bahá

                   *BulletV* ...for the obsidian bracelet I received as a late Christmas present from my roommate.
                   *BulletV* ...that I was able to finish cleaning out my g-mail in box this week.

January 8, 2021 at 1:57pm
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Istiqlal (Independence) 10 Sharaf (Honor) 177 B.E. - Friday, January 8, 2021

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Remember,
the depth of the darkness
indicate the brightness of the light;
don't let this present darkness discourage you,
we will pass through it
into a brighter and united future.

Jalal (Glory) 6 Sultan (Sovereignty) 177 B.E. - Saturday, January 23, 2021

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January 2021
is a blessed month,
when stress seems to fade
into the cloudy sky.
January 7, 2021 at 12:41pm
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Istijlal (Majesty) 9 Sharaf (Honor) 177 B.E. - Thursday, January 7, 2021


On the first Thankful Thursday in 2021,
         I am thankful
                   for a New Year and a new decade;
                   for the hope I receive from studying the scriptures revealed by Baha'u'llah.
                             the Bab, and 'Abdu'l-Baha;
                    for the Prayer for America:

O Thou kind Lord! This gathering is turning to Thee. These hearts are radiant with Thy love. These minds and spirits are exhilarated by the message of Thy glad-tidings. O God! Let this American democracy become glorious in spiritual degrees even as it has aspired to material degrees, and render this just government victorious. Confirm this revered nation to upraise the standard of the oneness of humanity, to promulgate the Most Great Peace, to become thereby most glorious and praiseworthy among all the nations of the world. O God! This American nation is worthy of Thy favors and is deserving of Thy mercy. Make it precious and near to Thee through Thy bounty and bestowal.
‘Abdu’l‑Bahá12


Footnotes
1  Bahá’í Prayers
2  https://www.bahai.org/r/797820508

December 31, 2020 at 2:04pm
December 31, 2020 at 2:04pm
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Istijlal {Majesty), 2 Sharaf (Honor) 177 B.E. - Thursday, December 31, 2020


On the last Thankful Thursday in 2020,
         I am thankful ...
                   *BulletV* ...for fresh brewed coffee on this cold winter morning.
                   *BulletV* ...that the Gregorian year of 2020 is finally coming to an end.
                   *BulletV* ...for the cheese burger, fries, and soda I had for lunch.

December 24, 2020 at 2:10pm
December 24, 2020 at 2:10pm
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Istijlal {Majesty), 14 Masa'il (Questions) 177 B.E. - Thursday, December 24, 2020



On the fourth Thankful Thursday in December 2020,
I am grateful ...
         *BulletV* ...for the Christmas sweater I received yesterday.
         *BulletV* ...that I received two merit badges today.
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         *BulletV* ...for fresh brewed hot coffee on this winter morning.
         *BulletV* ...that we went to a neighbor's house for my birthday party today.
         *BulletV* ...for the chocolates and other items I received for my birthday.

December 17, 2020 at 12:47pm
December 17, 2020 at 12:47pm
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Istijlal {Majesty), 7 Masa'il (Questions) 177 B.E. - Thursday, December 17, 2020


On the third Thankful Thursday in December 2020,
         I am grateful ...
                   *BulletV* ...that I have, so far, survived 2020.
                   *BulletV* ...for fresh brewed hot coffee on this late autumn morning.
                   *BulletV* ...that I remembered to fill both of my pillboxes today.
                   *BulletV* ...for the banana to go with my coffee this morning.
                   *BulletV* ...that I completed 52 weeks of "I Write in 2020.

December 15, 2020 at 2:05pm
December 15, 2020 at 2:05pm
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Fidal {Grace), 5 Masa'il (Questions) 177 B.E. - Tuesday, December 15, 2020

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Winter is here,
and the cold seeps into my bones.
All I want for my birthday
is a large or extra large ugly Christmas sweater.

Idal {Justice), 6 Masa'il (Questions) 177 B.E. - Wednesday, December 16, 2020

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Happy Holidays
and a Joyous New Year,
let's make 2021
a year full of friendship
and cheer.

Jalal {Glory), 9 Masa'il (Questions) 177 B.E. - Saturday, December 19, 2020

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I remember snow ice cream,
made by my grandmother
on a cold December day.

December 3, 2020 at 1:59pm
December 3, 2020 at 1:59pm
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Istijlal (Majesty), 12 Qawl (Speech) 177 B.E. - Thursday, December 3, 2020

On the first Thankful Thursday in December 2020,
         I am thankful ...
                   *BulletV* ...for "Thankful Thursday.
                   *BulletV* ...that I don't owe anything on the electric bill this month.
                   *BulletV* ...for the space heater I have, so I don't have to turn on the heat.
                   *BulletV* ...that I finished "Winter Blooming today.
                   *BulletV* ...for the small raise I got on my Social Security starting in January.
                   *BulletV* ...that I entered "2020: The Good, The Bad, and The Weird in the December Bard's Hall contest.
                   *BulletV* ...for the fresh brewed coffee I had this morning.
                   *BulletV* ...that my Bank of America checking account is not overdrawn today.
                   *BulletV* ...for the two new websites my brother told me about today.


November 26, 2020 at 11:33am
November 26, 2020 at 11:33am
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Istijlal (Majesty), 5 Qawl (Speech) 177 B.E. - Thursday, November 26, 2020
Thanksgiving

On Thanksgiving 2020 I am grateful for the revelation of Baha'u'llah, and His concept of Progressive Revelation. Progressive Revelation unites all the Divine Messengers as part of God's plan for humanity. Some of God Manifestations or Messengers--such as Christ and Muhammad--were mentioned by name in the scripture revealed by Baha'u'llah, while others were not mentioned by name.


"...within the ocean of divine unity, thou wilt view all the Prophets and Messengers of God as one soul and one body, as one light and one spirit, in such wise that the first among them would be last and the last would be first. For they have all arisen to proclaim His Cause and have established the laws of divine wisdom. They are, one and all, the Manifestations of His Self, the Repositories of His might, the Treasuries of His Revelation, the Dawning-Places of His splendour, and the Daysprings of His light..."
Baha'u'llah345

I am thankful for Baha'iTeaching.org  , because they have thought provoking, opinion articles that help give me me a deeper understanding of the Baha'i Teachings. These articles cover numerous topics, such as Prophecies Fulfilled, Baha'i History, Meditation, Prayer, etc.

I am thankful for YouTube, because I can access various Baha'i educational and musical videos on my computer or smartphone.

I am thankful for the videos is "The Prisoner of Akka"--which I can access on YouTube--because it is educational, inspiring, and one of my favorite videos.


I am thankful that I have a copy of The Kitáb-i-Íqán (The Book of Certitude), because in it Baha'u'llah explains the symbols of the Holy Books.

I am thankful that I have a copy of The Hidden Words, because it is the inner essence of the revelation of all the Prophets.

I am thankful that this is not the holiday season I celebrate, because I can relax--without worrying about what I am going to give others--and enjoy watching my neighbors, friends, and family celebrate their holiday season.

I am thankful for Baha'u'llah's injunction to search for truth myself, because it encourages me to ask questions about what I read online and in the sacred scriptures. It also encourages me to look into the history I was not taught in school.

I am thankful for writing.com, because it gives me access to different stories, poems, and essays. I also gives me a place to get feed back on my literary compositions.

Footnotes
3  Gems of Divine Mysteries
4  https://www.bahai.org/r/053207805
5  Quoted in "Dr. David Ruhe’s Tribute to Indigenous Messengers of God" https://bahaiteachings.org/david-ruhes-tribute-indigenous-messengers-god/ by Christopher Buck, PART 73 IN SERIES Indigenous Messengers of God https://bahaiteachings.org/series/indigenous-messengers-of-god/


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