Two Frogs in a Pit

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Such good words can make the difference between life and death within.

Originally posted on ofthestory:

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A group of frogs were traveling through the woods. Two of them fell into a deep pit. When the other frogs saw how deep the pit was, they told the two frogs that they were as good as dead. The two frogs ignored the comments and tried to jump up out of the pit with all their might. The other frogs kept telling them to stop, that they were as good as dead. Finally, one of the frogs took heed to what the other frogs were saying and gave up. He fell down and died.

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The other frog continued to jump as hard as he could. Once again, the crowd of frogs yelled at him to stop the pain and just die. He jumped even harder and finally made it out. When he got out, the other frogs said, “Did you not hear us?” The frog explained to them that…

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365 Day Photo Challenge Day 67

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To keep your marriage brimming, With love in the loving cup, Whenever you’re wrong, admit it; Whenever you’re right, shut up.

Ogden Nash

Oh what a bitter cup we share when we pour our bile into the air. The voice of fools professing to be wise is the venom of vipers hissing their lies.

It is inside that love lives. When your cup is filled with sweetness it pours out into the world. It is not the image of beauty we need but that which flows out from within.

Matthew 23

25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.

26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.

365 Day Photo Challenge Day 66

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O Holy Spirit, descend plentifully into my heart. Enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling and scatter there Thy cheerful beams.

Saint Augustine

The Master Artist’s work is a veil that masks the wonder. To those that see only stories you continue to miss the intended beauty inside.

Each of the four gospels relates to a different attribute of Christ. They align with the cherubs in Ezekiel and the creatures in heaven in Revelation.

  • Matthew (Lion, King, Mind),
  • Mark (Ox, servant, Heart),
  • Luke (Man, Physician, Body),
  • John (Eagle, Deity, Soul).

Each shows His humanity and His divinity. They are similarly echoed in the 3 gifts of the magi:

  • Gold (King, Mind),
  • Frankincense (Priest, Heart),
  • Myrrh (Physician, Body).

All attributes of Christ’s life are representative of our own quest towards truth and understanding. Unfortunately, so much is lost in the religions we built on top of these foundations that cover over the truth and leave so many soul blind to the gift of understanding that He gave us painted into the lives of His chosen.

Only now are we starting to see the surface of the buried temple of truth…there is so much more IF YOU KEEP DIGGING!

Ask and I can show you how to see a whole other world hidden in the Master’s strokes of the brush of life.

365 Day Photo Challenge Day 64

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Looking for love is tricky business, like whipping a carousel horse.

George Cukor

All want to ride the wheel of love but few want to pay the price.

Love is not a two way street as some may tell you. Love is a scale that works only when balanced.

 

365 Day Photo Challenge Day 63

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Nothing does reason more right, than the coolness of those that offer it: For Truth often suffers more by the heat of its defenders, than from the arguments of its opposers.

William Penn

The “Cooler” you try to seem by defending your faith the more damage you do to the cause. God does not need you to defend Him, after all it’s YOUR BELIEFS that you are defending, not His. He will be the same no matter what you do. You only harm those that need His TRUTH & LOVE the most, including yourself.

Matthew 5:20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Ecclesiastes 7:16 Be not righteous over much; neither make thyself over wise: why shouldest thou destroy thyself?

 

365 Day Photo Challenge Day 62

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If there is no struggle, there is no progress.

Frederick Douglass

 

It is one thing to yoke yourself to the Tree of Life but it is quite another to let it stop your progression.

Becoming a Christian does not stop the opposition you face. In fact it makes it more obvious that choices sometimes have to be made, even if that choice means to do nothing. You choose your battles wisely and most battles are not even your own, and that’s unfortunately a hard lesson to learn that not everything is about yourself. But you cannot do both something and nothing together without tearing yourself apart in the indecisive chaos. A choice must always be made, but without transferring the blame. It’s important to be responsible for your actions, but it’s not important to carry your mistakes around like luggage of shame. Forgiveness is not so much about seeking God’s approval. It’s more about being able to forgive yourself when things don’t work out the way you expected. All things work for the greater good if you let it, even if you can’t see it from your own point of view. So consider SIN as what its definition means, “to err”. And if “to err is human, than forgiveness is divine”. Forgive your mistakes you make in your path to find the truth. Just keep moving and don’t sit still waiting for good things to come to you. In the seeking answers are found. Sitting still only plants you in the ground. Growth vs the Grave? You decide.

 

365 Day Photo Challenge Day 61

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There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are.

Ernst Haas

The eye, like a lens sees all,
Only the mind focuses.

We can see only what we relate to. Because we do not know a thing we assume it doesn’t exist. Too often people have told me that “the Bible holds no mysteries because God doesn’t keep secrets”. To which I can only reply “Oh Really?”

  • Mark 4:11
  • Romans 11:25
  • Romans 16:25
  • 1 Corinthians 2:7
  • 1 Corinthians 15:51
  • Ephesians 1:9
  • Ephesians 3:3,4,9
  • Ephesians 5:32
  • Ephesians 6:19
  • Colossians 1:26&27
  • Colossians 2:2
  • Colossians 4:3
  • 2 Thessalonians 2:7
  • 1 Timothy 3:9&16
  • Revelation 1:20
  • Revelation 10:7
  • Revelation 17:5&7

 Not to mention!

  • Prov 1:1-6 To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings (ENIGMAS).
  • Acts8:30&31 And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?
  • 31 And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me?

Like the eunuch how can you know the MYSTERIES unless you have been taught how to read them? Just because you don’t see a thing doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. It simply means you don’t know yet how to relate to something new.

365 Day Photo Challenge Day 60

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I think the British have the distinction above all other nations of being able to put new wine into old bottles without bursting them.

Clement Attlee

 

Matthew 9:17 Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.

Few realize it’s the truth that’s bottled both new and old. We do not mix the two or the understanding is spoiled. We know this also as a cup too full can not accept any more. But in the Bible this has the distinction that the old truth and new are beneficial but should not be mixed or all is confused. We learn from our past but we don’t go back there other than to gain the understanding of the things we lived.

 

365 Day Photo Challenge Day 59

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Transportation is the center of the world! It is the glue of our daily lives. When it goes well, we don’t see it. When it goes wrong, it negatively colors our day, makes us feel angry and impotent, curtails our possibilities.

Robin Chase

The central focus of your journey is not the destination but what you did along the way. Like a snowball of light we gain the sum of our experiences that take us from dust unto the stars.

Psalms 103:14 For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.

365 Day Photo Challenge Day 58

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If you carry your childhood with you, you never become older.

Tom Stoppard

 

The bitter order of age is often measured against a child’s sweet chaos.

As we age we simplify our lives into what we think is order. Our knowledge we gather makes us bitter when we think we know enough. But a child is joy incarnate because the world is yet filled with wonder.

Renew the wonder.

Matthew 18:
1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
2 Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them,
3 and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.
4 Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
5 Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me.

 

 

 

Revealing the hidden truths in scriptures – MARK 4:11

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