(God’s Love is Found in a Touch) Post for Day 101 of my “365 Day Photo Challenge”

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Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.

Mother Teresa

Matthew 8:9 For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.

13 And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.

Can God heal without so much as touching a person? Of course He can and yet as Christ He choose to touch those in need so that they may know that through Him they are healed.

Psalms 103:3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;

 

Image the touch of God. For all the ages those that prayed for health and never felt His touch, but only the few were touched by His hand. What an amazing gift to know God with an intimacy of something so common as a touch, yet infused with the pure power of love. What can not be healed by His love? What can not be made pure by His blessings? What can not be made whole with His truth? What can not be manifest through faith?

God may not make Himself known in your life physically but He did make His example known, to love each other with more than compassion but with the touch we all need so much. The love of a touch is the power to revive the soul. A hug, a hand on the shoulder or a gentle kiss on the brow. What power is in the laying on of hands? Why do those that feel not this intimacy are those that suffer most? In the touch is the power of His love for we all are as one to those that can see beyond appearances.

John 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

Luke 6:37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:

 

 

So love each other and give them affirmation that they are validated and worthy of love and to those of bravery greet each other with the a holy kiss.

1 Corinthians 16:20 All the brethren greet you. Greet ye one another with an holy kiss.

2 Corinthians 13:12 Greet one another with an holy kiss.

1 Thessalonians 5:26 Greet all the brethren with an holy kiss.

1 Peter 5:14 Greet ye one another with a kiss of charity. Peace be with you all that are in Christ Jesus. Amen.

 

 

 

(Israel is Progress Through Perseverance) Post for Day 100 of my “365 Day Photo Challenge”

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Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.

George Bernard Shaw

 

Genesis 32:28 And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.

יִשְׂרָאֵל

Transliteration: Yisra’el

Israel = “God prevails”

have power, contend with, persist, exert oneself, persevere

 

The name Israel essentially means Progress Through Perseverance. Through Israel comes a mighty nation and only he who is willing to change will be the chosen of God.

 

It is only through opposition that we learn to progress and grow.

 

 

 

(Behold the Renewing Power of God) Post for Day 99 of my “365 Day Photo Challenge”

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The future of the world belongs to the youth of the world, and it is from the youth and not from the old that the fire of life will warm and enlighten the world. It is your privilege to breathe the breath of life into the dry bones of many around you.

Tom Mann

 

Let God revive you as only God can.

Ezekiel 37:

1              The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones,

2              And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry.

3              And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest.

4              Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.

5              Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live:

6              And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

7              So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone.

8              And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them.

9              Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.

10           So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army.

11           Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts.

12           Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.

13           And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves,

14           And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, saith the LORD.

 

(A Wise Man Knows When…) Post for Day 98 of my “365 Day Photo Challenge”

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As a vessel is known by the sound, whether it be cracked or not; so men are proved, by their speeches, whether they be wise or foolish.

Demosthenes

Choose your battles wisely for it takes little to break your image of authority and often that which is broken can never be repaired.

Proverbs 17:28 Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.

 

(Women, Water and the Heart’s Spiritual Journey) Post for Day 97 of my “365 Day Photo Challenge”

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I have an increasing sense that the most important crisis of our time is spiritual and that we need places where people can grow stronger in the spirit and be able to integrate the emotional struggles in their spiritual journeys.

Henri Nouwen

 

 

The human spirit is like water; fickle, unstable, ever-changing. Where the soul is as a house the spirit is as water. The soul is a construct of many truths, but the spirit is viscous and vital and flows as it is your consciousness. We often attribute the spirit to will, and this too is true as anything you set your mind to will become a force to be reckoned with.

 

Consider your consciousness and how it ebbs and flows. How one day you may feel inclined to act on one thing, and yet on another day you may decide to act upon another; this is the resources of the mind being directed towards the soul’s objective goals. It’s like having an architect building a structure that requires dynamic changes to achieve a goal; also much like perhaps a general in a war. The goal of the war is static as the soul is a construct of principals, but the spirit is situationally objective based.

 

Consider a household and the typical role models of the family dynamic. The father is a driving force towards a goal, the mother is the balance of child and father, and the child is the actions that grow to build the home’s future. Mind, Spirit, and Body have unique respective rolls to fill. If the father needs the family to move the mother will counsel him on the needs of the household and the father will then have to reassess the objective based upon the mother’s influence. The same is true with the spirit that balances out the mind and body as to what is best for the self to do. A goal is needed, an action must be taken, but direction must be considered as how to get the whole house to reach the new objective. So thus the spirit is like water and viscous and ever changing based on each situation. The body is available once it sees what its goals are, but it does little on its own. The mind, though powerful, is helpless alone without the body to fulfill its objectives, but the spirit is the liaison and balance that is required based in the moments of need.

 

For these reason the family of the soul has different checks and balances in place and are likened to attributes of people. The Bible uses these attributes each time it mentions a gender or age.

 

Consider the spirit as being a woman, that if easily swayed would want everything it found desirable. This woman would then be considered wanton or as the Bible calls this kind of wisdom a harlot. A spirit that is dedicated to a single purpose is like a faithful wife that only wants to please her husband and care for her family. So this is a wisdom that is loyal and true.

 

Wisdom, woman, and spirit are all attributed to women for these reasons, as all deal with the self or ego. Wisdom is the reasoning of how to apply logic. So as the man represents knowledge the woman represents the self’s reasoning of how to use the information presented to you. In this way your wisdom is dynamic and changes based on objectives and is channeled like rivers or outlets of water, thus the Holy Spirit is compared to “Living Water” and a “Helper”.

 

John 4:7 There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.

11 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?

 

Spirit or consciousness can rage, crash, calm, channel or be drawn from as a resource. You see this often in references to wells where clarity is drawn from a source of water. As woman is the life giver of the family, so too does the Spirit give life to the barren in the Scriptures such as Rachel, Mary, and Elizabeth. By infusing consciousness into these wisdoms does the self-realize how to use an ideal that may have as of yet been left dormant. Remember the Bible is really about your personal journey and all things are aspects of your growing truth, so a barren woman is really you trying to figure out how to use the information you’ve gained, as is the case with Elizabeth whose name means the “Seven fold promise”. The promise of God that was given to the Israelites is barren to this point in the Bible’s hidden manual of truth, and until you can revive your consciousness the promise remains barren. So God thus has the Spirit touch the womb of the wisdom of self, called “The Promise” and though old and barren Elizabeth brings forth the “Gift” of God called “John” that makes the way for the “TRUTH” called “Liberation” named “Jesus”.

 

Since the beginning of the Bible’s story of Creation, the spirit is as waters that are split in two. This is the ideals of self that are divided between the upper-self as higher ideals or primitive ideals as the baser self. In all choices a path must be chosen and thus the waters are split and the spirit is divided. In all choices we are to weight out the choices in balance and when calm the spirit becomes as a sea of glass and thus the image of God is reflected in your spirit. This is symbolic for Christ calming the storms and for walking on water.

 

Notice that all of the miracles of Christ performed on water are on the Sea of Galilee. Galilee means Circle and it represents wholeness of self as in a perpetual nature. The water is spirit and thus it is also used as the Sea of Solomon and the Levar of the Tabernacle of Meeting. The Tabernacle’s Levar is made of bronze mirrors from the women that serve the temple. This means it’s wisdom that we reflect in that cleanses us and helps us to reflect in, once we have made our sacrifices to God. In clarity do we self-reflect. In wisdom do we find wholeness. In mother do we find connection to the family and in the spirit we find purpose.

 

So consider the waters and ships as a process of self-introspection. Cast your nets with the spirit and draw up a bounty of insight like fish being drawn up into the light. As man is knowledge and thus we draw from wisdom/water/women the knowledge of truth and purpose and bring that knowledge into the light of understanding.

 

Mark 1:16 Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. 17 And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.

 

(Who are you Really?) Post for Day 96 of my “365 Day Photo Challenge”

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Every man builds his world in his own image. He has the power to choose, but no power to escape the necessity of choice.

Ayn Rand

 

If I am made in the image of God then I am more than I seem?

You have the power to overcome, only if you believe. Do not fear His greatness that dwells within you. Choose wisely and act upon the choices made for within you lives the great Lion of Judah called Christ Jesus.

 

1 Corinthians 13:12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

 

365 Day Photo Challenge Day 90 (Time for love)

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Infuse your life with action. Don’t wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honor your creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen… yourself, right now, right down here on Earth.

Bradley Whitford

Love starts with something more than a feeling… because love is not the feeling.

Why do we love and what is it? What would make someone jump out in front of a moving vehicle to save a perfect stranger you don’t even know? What in that instant sparks inside you to make you react, seeming without thinking? Love. Love is not a feeling, the feeling is the mind’s chemical reward for love. In the blink of an eye the mind calculates and knows what is right and wrong without the messy mental second guessing and filtering and it reacts accordingly to what is being acted out before your eyes.

Love only knows what is unwaveringly good and does whatever it takes to achieve what it believes to be emphatically right. Ironically, love seems selfless but in reality it is always self-motivated, yet it seldom ends with the self. The ego is the “I” in everything. I love that song. I love that dress. I love that food; person, etc. etc.

Love is all about what you believe to be correct, so it revolves around what YOU think is best and often it is very territorial based because it finds something so perfect it can’t allow anything to spoil it or for any harm to come to it. Hence, for this reason you may see a child or elderly person in danger and suddenly you spring to action to protect what you know can not protect itself, because you know it is not right that true harm should befall an innocent. Innocence is as a clean slate to the soul and in a very real way is the embodiment of perfection and beauty. This is because it is a beauty unspoiled by things such as faulty ideals that sicken the soul and such beauty is always worth of preserving.

Again love is not a feeling. It is a sense of what is correct and anything the mind finds correct it loves. Be it a stranger you seen at a glance that sparked something beautiful inside you, or a person or thing you know intimately well, the “I” can not let it be destroyed and it extends the self beyond itself to encompass and protect it and thus it grows to be something more. The “I” then grows and becomes the “we” to the point the “we” is consumed and once again becomes the greatest part of “me” and this is wonder and power of God’s grace and mercy. For to love God, we must love ourselves to the point that all others are only extensions of ourselves. Love God, and love others as yourself… for love makes all things as one in unity.

1 John 4:12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.

For more insights please read: What is Love?
http://soulblindministry.com/2015/05/02/what-is-love/

 

365 Day Photo Challenge Day 89 (Woman is Water & Spirit)

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The oaths of a woman I inscribe on water.

Sophocles

 

In the Bible is it seldom realized that women are representative of:

  • Moon
  • Waters
  • Seas
  • Mother
  • Earth
  • Trees
  • Heart
  • Blood/Wine
  • Spirit
  • Wisdom
  • Oath

Many may consider these to be pagan terms but they are often substantiated in Biblical verses as well. Symbols are the keys to understanding the Bible’s Book of Secrets. In knowing the symbols you unlock a separate book that is a process to finding peace. This book was authored by God through the lives of His chosen people to teach those that follow their stories to unlock the potential within themselves. Within you is a mirror of all the stories. Your life follows the process of Creation from Day One until the End of Days. Within you are Adam, Moses, Israel and all the way through to the Christ being made manifest within the human soul as ideals that progenerate and branch out like a tree’s branches. This is the process of growing the Tree of Life within that it may take away the judgment that started with constructing our Knowledge of Good & Evil.

 

Here are a few sample verses:

 

Wisdom:

Proverbs 7:4 Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman:

 

Moon & Mother:

Genesis 37:9 And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me.

10 And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth?

 

Spirit and Heart:

Exodus 28:3 And thou shalt speak unto all that are wise hearted, whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom, that they may make Aaron’s garments to consecrate him, that he may minister unto me in the priest’s office.

 

Waters:

Jeremiah 6:7 As a fountain casteth out her waters, so she casteth out her wickedness: violence and spoil is heard in her; before me continually is grief and wounds.

 

Seas:

Jeremiah 51:55 Because the LORD hath spoiled Babylon, and destroyed out of her the great voice; when her waves do roar like great waters, a noise of their voice is uttered:

 

Blood:

Revelation 18:24 And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.

 

Earth:

Genesis 4:11 And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand;

12 When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.

 

Trees/Wine:

Genesis 40:10 And in the vine were three branches: and it was as though it budded, and her blossoms shot forth; and the clusters thereof brought forth ripe grapes:

Psalms 80:11 She sent out her boughs unto the sea, and her branches unto the river.

 

Tree of Life:

Proverbs 3:18 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.

 

365 Day Photo Challenge Day 88

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The power of man has grown in every sphere, except over himself.

Winston Churchill

 

Those that read the Bible typically taught by churches miss the wonder and power it holds in setting the mind free. If you read it at face value you only see the rules and stories and thus all things are only parables. The child sees the stories but the man puts away the childish things and sees the truth that frees.

There is much more going on in your Bible than you realize. Entire religions have been based in these misconceptions and often those that claim salvation still find they are slaves to their faulty beliefs.

If you do not understand what I mean, simply ask. Friend, there is yet a world of truth you do not yet know that can fix so many of the issues you have surrounding you in life. God did not leave us alone to walk blindly in misery. He gave us a step by step process to help us discover our peace. This is more than religion, this is clarity spelled out by God.

Religion is believing in someone else’s experiences, spirituality is discovering your own. Come discover what you’ve been missing.

 

Luke 10:21 In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight

1 Corinthians 13:11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

365 Day Photo Challenge Day 87

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God is so unique in giving His people ways to fellowship, witness, and remember what a mighty and merciful God He is.

Monica Johnson

We all serve a Mighty God with our own special gifts. How wonderful that our greatest strengths are the driving force found within under the hood.

Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

 

 

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