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I've added a new entry to my book, "These Are My JOTtings, Part #2:
         "Waiting

Waiting on the Lord is a gift in so many ways.
We have time to reflect on Him,
until, ultimately, we reflect Him.

Be Blessed.


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I've added a new entry to my book, "Divine Nudges:
         "The Filling and the Infilling

The Lord often uses every day things to teach His children eternal Truth.

Today, I went to have three of my teeth filled.
In the process, I got a lesson, regarding the infilling of the Holy Spirit.

WOW! A twofer! Or maybe that was a toofer in toddler-ese.

I'm so glad the Lord has the patience to teach me an important lesson,
while having a sense of humor to be expressed at the same time.

Man was created in God's Image. (Genesis 1:26-27)
This means, that if humans have a sense of humor,
the sense of humor had to be in the Lord in the first place.

"A cheerful heart is good medicine,
but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.
"
(Proverbs 17:22, NLT)


The Bottom Line is simply this.
When I need to do something for which I have no knowledge,
I must trust in the skills of another individual.

I don't know how to fill my own cavities. I have to place my faith in a dentist.
I don't know how to save myself for all Eternity. I have to place my faith in Jesus.
I don't know how to fill my own spirit with power for service to God.
I have to place my faith in God to do this.
I don't even know how to show,
that a sense of humor is something originating in God Himself,
but when He comes along side me to use the humor I do know,
then even Dad Jokes have the potential to make somebody feel better.
(I told this one to the dentist, before he started working on me, today.
"A dentist office is a place people go
to start making a good impression on their meal.
" *Laugh*)

In the Lord, everything He has created is a tool to draw people
into a right relationship with Jesus Christ, His Father, and the Holy Spirit.


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I've added a new entry to my book, "Divine Nudges:
         "Take Wisdom to Heart

Wisdom is the subject of the Bible's book of Proverbs.

I have heard of an interesting exchange about wisdom.
Youth: "How do I become wise?"
Sage: "By making mistakes."
Youth: "Then of what use is wisdom?"
Sage: "Wisdom keeps us from making more mistakes."

George Bernard Shaw: "Youth is wasted on the young."
https://www.phrases.org.uk/bulletin_board/47/messages/295.html

This appears to be an old man's biting quip about young people in general.
What if it is simply the confession of an old man, who has become wise,
wishing he still had some of his youthful strength
in order to be more able to act upon his wisdom of years?

May the Lord give us each true wisdom for life
and strength in our days to be able to use that wisdom.


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Intelligence is knowing tomatoes are a fruit
Wisdom is knowing not to use tomatoes in a fruit salad
Nicely put, Mister E.

Of course, those, who eschew the mess
have learned to eat the tomato
as easily as one eats an apple. *Wink*
I've added a new entry to my book, "These Are My JOTtings, Part #2:
         "Perspective

Problems are devastating or they make us grow
to great heights of character and greatness as persons.

Today's poem reminds us, that the same conditions
can cause some to fear and others to great acts of courage.

Consider this great verse of Scripture.
" And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken:
but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.
"
(Matthew 21:44, KJV)

Jesus, the Way, the Truth, and the Life,
may be received as the greatest Blessing in this life.
Failure to receive His Gift of Salvation in this life will be the ultimate of devastation.
If we fall on Him, we are broken and restored better than ever.
If He falls on us, then we are crushed to powder without any hope of restoration.

May His Perspective and adjoining Gift of Salvation
be yours this very day, if never before. (John 3:16)


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I've added a new entry to my book, "These Are My JOTtings, Part #2:
         "Living Small

Today's poem has been made for
FORUM
The Taboo Words Contest  (13+)
create writing that has wings
#2139468 by Choconut 🍫


I could tell you the subject, but then I'd be DQed,
which either means disqualified or a wonderful
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Blizzard!

Would you like to be DQed with me that way,
Choconut 🍫 ? I hope the DQ (aka Dairy Queen)
is available in Her Majesty's Realm.
Otherwise, my pun on DQ is just so many words,
"stuff and nonsense."

Now, that I've run a rabbit trail
and the poor little creature is leaning against a wall
with his tongue hanging out, catching his breath,
allow me to hasten back to my original point.
Sorry! AD/HD Moment! "Squirrel!"

If you wish to understand my subject for this current blog,
one supposes, that you could read it,
rather than just enjoying the Cliff's Notes version
wrapped up in this rambling Notebook Post,
which has absolutely nothing to do with Georgia Tech.

The best hint I can give you, though, is simply this.
Do you remember life before we were "sent to our rooms"
for something, none of us did wrong?

It's kind of like growing up with a bratty little brother or sister,
who was not only a great screamer but a great actor as well.
After the paddling, and just as you set one foot in your room
for the rest of the day, your eye catches the face of the younger sibling.
The big devious smile on his or her face says it all, "I got you!
Be punished with the knowledge, that I won this round!
"

My world is still somewhat at a distance, but I live with the knowledge,
that one Day the Lord will set this all right. If my suspicions are correct,
then He will show us, who is responsible for the dastardly global deeds
of these past few months.

Don't blame this one on animals! Some grown-up "child" was playing
with his or her chemistry set and it got more than just a little out-of-hand!

I don't have any proof, but I have a belly-full of a Big Ol' Gut Feeling!

They may fool the world, but they can't fool the Lord.

Please, forgive my catharsis, but I feel better.
Sometimes chasing a few "squirrels"
keeps the walls from closing in too much.

I hope you were able to laugh at something I said,
and I hope you feel better.
I feel a whole lot better, knowing that God
really is going to sort out this mess one Day.

For now, Have a Good Day.
Stay well.


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I don't think we're going to care who started this mess. We will be so happy with what is happening then it won't matter a bit.
Choconut 🍫 , thanks for reminding me, that David, your husband, is American.

I should have asked him in the first place because I think he and I grew up with the transition in the Dairy Queen menu. When I was a teen, there was no blizzard. Therefore, my favorite was the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Milkshake.

At any rate all the flavors mentioned would make a great visit for you and David with my wife and me should, you ever visit, Georgia, USA.

Now, I want to go to DQ, tonight, albeit the drive-through lane is quite packed, since I'm not sure that dine-in option is what it used to be before the COVID-19 Quarantine.

Have a wonderful evening, since by my calculations, it should already be approaching 11:00 PM. (I used to teach at an online school. One of my colleagues lived in England, and he reminded me of the five hour time difference.) 'Til later. *Smile*
Yes, David remembers the milkshakes! If we’re ever in Georgia, we will definitely all go for a DQ. I have never had one, and they sound delicious. It is my dream to do a tour of the U.S., but I doubt it’ll ever happen. If it does, though, we’ll be knocking on your door!
I've added a new entry to my book, "These Are My JOTtings, Part #2:
         "The Universe of Man

It has always intrigued me, that the very people,
who declare, that there are no Absolutes
tend to be the ones, who use sweeping generalizations
to "prove" the non-existence of God.

"God doesn't exist. Just look at all the wasted space in the Universe.
If we are the only sentient beings throughout all of space,
then there is too much of a waste of stars, planets, and materials of all sorts
to ever give credibility to an All-Wise God, 'Who made all things.'
If such a god exists, who allows all of the wasted space and materials of
the Universe, then at the very least, he (or whoever) is most inefficient.
"

This line of reasoning got me to think much deeper about the importance
of the vastness of Space (aka the Physical Universe.)

What if the creation of life on Earth in general, and the creation of Man in specific
is so complex, that just as the moon exerts a gravitational pull on the Earth's oceans
to create the tides, every object in the whole of the Universe exerts some sort of
gravitational pull through billions of interwoven connective relationships,
like the strings of marionettes, which pull arms, legs, the head, etc. to create
the appearance of life in each of the puppets, and the necessity of life on Earth?

What if the maintenance of the tender balance of Predestination and Free Will
requires, that every object in the Universe is Absolutely necessary
to the maintenance of life on Earth as some sort of web, which creates
breathable air, liveable temperatures, the dance of day/night, seasons, and the imperceptible movement of the Earth in rotation, in circumventing the sun,
the center of the Milky Way Galaxy, and the race to the end of the Universe,
providing every human with life and choice to prepare him or her
for life throughout Eternity?

Bottom Line: Human thoughts like mine and human words such as these we use
to communicate are all but a drop in the ocean of God's Inexhaustible Wisdom.
My inability to know the depths of what God has created will remain unknowable,
until the Lord chooses to teach some amount of it to me here in this life
or in the eternal Day in His Presence forever.

May the Lord give each of us the Wisdom to believe in the Bigness of
the God we can NEVER fully understand.

A god we can understand is NEVER big enough to save any of us.


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I've added a new entry to my book, "Divine Nudges:
         "I'm in the Bible

Would the Lord whet your appetite for reading His Word,
The Holy Bible, if you could find a verse of Scripture,
that mentioned your very existence by inference?

It has for me. I found myself in John 10:16,
"And other sheep I have,
which are not of this fold:
them also I must bring,
and they shall hear my voice;
and there shall be one fold,
and one shepherd.
"

I've always known, that Jesus is the Good Shepherd. (John 10:14)
This same verse goes on to state, that Jesus knows me,
and that I know Him.
"I am the good shepherd,
and know my sheep,
and am known of mine.
"

So, in John, chapter 10, Jesus refers to me, personally,
as "my sheep," "mine," "other sheep," "them, " and "they."

Now, before anyone accuses me of isogesis,
let's think logically about this.

My detractors have often referred to me
as being "nothing more than a sheep."
I'll take it. That would necessarily make Jesus,
the Shepherd because every sheep needs a shepherd
to lead him or her throughout every aspect of his or her life.

If these two points are established, then I am in The Bible
at least five times in the verses of John 10:14-16, KJV.

May The Lord help you to see yourself there, too, this very night.
May His truest Blessing be yours!


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I've added a new entry to my book, "Divine Nudges:
         "What is the Holiness of God?

The Holiness of God is the one trait with which no human has experience
in its essential nature. We understand Justice and Mercy to some degree,
but Holiness is not possible for the sin-filled human soul to comprehend.

We must accept by faith, that Holiness is a character trait, that God is,
that we aren't.

Electricity has a nature, that is best understood at a distance.
To see the results of someone coming in contact with electricity, unprepared,
is a terrorizing experience, and no one has ever come back to tell us the full measure
of their experience of being ravaged by electricity in its raw form.

The Holiness of God is much like that.
No human can experience the Holiness of God and live,
without being clothed in the Robe of Righteousness,
provided by Jesus of Nazareth, His Only Son.
In the same way, humans can work in the presence of electricity, clothed
by nonconductive, protective gloves and other essential clothing.

We must all face God at the time of His own choosing. (Hebrews 9:27)
May we allow Him to clothe us in Righteousness this very day
in preparation for that very meeting. (Isaiah 61:10)


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1Cor v19 Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Ghost
Eph 1v13 Sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise. *Angel*
Amen, Alexi.
I've added a new entry to my book, "Divine Nudges:
         "Praise

Fighting battles in the spiritual realm is so different than the physical warfare, that we see on Planet Earth.

Physical battles are waged with physical tools to the end of the physical combatants' abilities to carry these weapons of warfare. However, spiritual weapons rely on the powerful of The Lord to enliven both the weapons and the ones, who carry these weapons.

Physical weapons grow heavy, taxing the strength of warriors. Spiritual weapons grow lighter, giving strength to the ones, who use these wonderful tools.

Praise has been used so effectively in the realm of the spirit, that in the Old Testament accounts of the Children of Israel, taking the Promised Land, the Praise Team was consistently sent before the warriors, not as cannon fodder, but as the carriers of the real power behind the battle.

I first heard Don Moen's song, "God Will Make a Way," many years ago. It has always given me strength when this Pilgrim Way has become so hard. I pray the song will give you strength, too, this very day.




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I'm so sorry for the lost of your dear friend, Alexi, but I am left assuming, that this dear one has merely changed addresses. She now lives with the Lord Jesus. The separation during the rest of these years on Earth will be deeply felt, but in The Blessed HOPE we gain the strength to anticipate a glorious reunion in the Eternal Day.

I am so glad we are in tune with the Holy Spirit because He helps me to enter into your great sense of emptiness. I, too, lost someone very dear to me a little over 18 years ago. That was my Dad, who made such an impact in my life, that the loss of his active participation in my life is still felt all these years later, but with him I lean on that Blessed HOPE, too.

Nahum 1:7, "The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knoweth them that trust in Him."
Thank you Jay, for your kind words. She was special as all my lifelong friends were who have gone to the new address. I now have another friend taken into hospital two nights ago. I pray she comes home to her earthly family. *smule*
I’m agreeing with you in prayer, Alexi. *Smile*
I've added a new entry to my book, "Divine Nudges:
         "Loss and Gain

The past two months have been filled with troubling days.
1. Fear caused by the Coronavirus.
2. Temporary loss of income, due to Coronavirus.
3. Loss of daily freedom of movement, and the right to assemble. (Coronavirus)
4. The death of Don Shula, my all-time favorite football coach at the age of 90.
5. The death of Ravi Zacharias, my all-time favorite Bible teacher at the age of 74.
6. The loss of Alexi 's dear high school friend.
7. Uncertainty of the future of our country and our way of life.

Yet, this begs the question, "Who IS the Lord of Glory? Who truly reigns as God in my heart and throughout my life?"

His Love Letter to Mankind is our Only Source of strength in challenging days like these are.

"6 Thus saith the Lord the King of Israel, and his redeemer the Lord of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.

7 And who, as I, shall call, and shall declare it, and set it in order for me, since I appointed the ancient people? and the things that are coming, and shall come, let them shew unto them.

8 Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any.
"
(Isaiah 44:6-8, KJV)

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"39 See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand.

40 For I lift up my hand to heaven, and say, I live for ever.
"
(Deuteronomy 32:39-40, KJV)




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