My favorite line begins the fifth paragraph…saying… “Above all, integrity means refusing to cheat yourself, lie to yourself, or to abide in the shade of half truths.”
For me, integrity means refusing to cheat God (Who lives in me), to lie to God (Who lives in me) or to live in the shades of half truths (regarding my Father God, Who lives in me). Amen
So beautiful! Most people have “secret gardens”! (How else can one bloom?). Where two are gathered … or sacramentally married … there is division. Everyone of us stands on a different “life view” … different “life experience … different ways to work with different personalities … different DNA … different in MOST things. God and I have been hanging our in a secret place since the day He came to me when I was but a child. Though He is God, my Father. He NEVER stood ABOVE ME. He simply snatched me up and rescued me from a world I could NOT understand.
I hear you. Amen
I had to read this a few times to understand! I see the light now! Amen! Most true and beautiful is wisdom spoken here! Beyond “the finish line”, there will be no more suffering. That’s what He said. This, I believe.
Should … would … and perfection I try to eliminated from my thought. (My expectations, over time, have become unrealistic.) Too, since I am “reactive” (fear driven) by nature, I give special effort to be “PROACTIVE “ (God driven) in life. (No one …no thing… is above God. My “fear” of those around me is much diminished as I elevate God to the very highest place in my life.)
What helps me know that human knowledge can never be contained in one person (outside Jesus Christ Himself) â€¦ is the truth â€¦ we are not BIG enough. We have no idea. We are but dust compared to Him. ðŸŒ±
My earthly father is 86.5+ years old. He references himself as â€œthe old boyâ€. Work to condition your heart. Age does not matter â€¦ the mind can, if you will it, keep itâ€™s joy and wonderment! (My dad is amazing!). Amen.
Amen! I â€œsecondâ€ Barbara in this! Beautiful post Jagdish! Especially love you quote from Rumi!
I have a friend I meet â€œin the fieldâ€ as often as I am able. I go there because I do not want him to ever â€œgo to the fieldâ€ to find himself alone, unheard, unloved/unhonored. I will not have it!
Everyone, per my faith and belief, deserves time, attention, love, an ear and â€œa hug and a kissâ€ (an embrace of honor and respect!).
I am feeling a little bit guilty here! Itâ€™s cold and itâ€™s late â€¦ and as I was about to take a drink of my water beside me, I noted an unidentified still â€œsomethingâ€ resting on the brim of my glass! A bug of sorts (that came in with tonightâ€™s firewood) â€¦ lost his/her life. Father forgive me!
God released me from â€œthe mindset of needing to get somewhere other than where I am. Having an â€œI shouldâ€ and â€œIâ€™m not enoughâ€ personality, got me to a decade of mental illness. I learned, overtime, that my â€œill thinkingâ€was robbing me of life. I cannot be what I am not. I cannot do more than I am already doing. I can only do/be as He created me in this moment. If any thing or anyone pressures me to do/becoming something more, a red flag jump up boldly in my mind. Who helps me remember that the distance between me and 'being awake' is a mirage, you ask? God/Truth/Knowledge that I cannot win favor.
Idon't think I've ever had a problem with "altitude". Ironically, I fear/"am allergic to" altitude (of attitude). I was born grounded ... by DNA and life experience. The fact that I am but dust (most especially my brain) was fully understood and instilled in my formative years ... and remains today. My personal spiritual quest is what turned my life around. I met my Father God, Savior Jesus and Power in Holy Spirit. In Him, my dust became special!
My grandson (Frankie) has yet to be diagnosed, but has some "issues". My granddaughter (Evie) is 2 years younger than her bother Frankie, and has had to be super flexible in the past three years of her little 3 year old life with her 5 year old brother. Making a long story short, with hands on his hips, Frankie was lording over his sister yet once again (waiting for her to get out of a chair he did not want her to occupy. Grandma Amy's "response" today, was to pick her grandson up and walk him to the back yard to the swing set ... where we swangand talked about coopering, loving, being flexible, what was going on in his head ... feeling the sunshine and working on our "calm". Answers work for Frankie when talking about "Woolley Mamoths" ... but not for matters regarding "relationships". Best to respond.
Amen! ("What helps me be more awake to the truth that underlies my fears is my faith that human death is death of my body which is a manifestation of God in human form and not death of soul or God that is me and is eternal.")
"In beginning a genuine spiritual journey, we have to stay much closer to home, to focus directly on what is right here in front of us ....They are the moments when we touch one another...". This segment of today's reading most jumps out for me! So much good I read in these reflections shared! I love! Thank you! (You, spiritually "touched me".)
On Mar 24, 2023 Amy wrote on A Turtle's Silver Bead Of Quietude, by Gayle Boss: