F.I.T. – Foundational Inner Thoughts

In a time that feels full of
difficult thoughts,
harsh words,
fear,
and uncertainty to an extent rarely felt,
I felt a need to consider
what my beliefs were and
that resulted in what I choose to call
“Foundational Inner Thoughts” (F.I.T.)–

FIRST (and I believe the most important
aspect of my “faith”) —
I BELIEVE GOD . . .
I don’t just believe there IS a God . . .
I don’t just believe IN God . . .
I want to believe God like the Scriptures say
Abraham believed God . . .
Even so Abraham believed God, and
it was reckoned to him as righteousness.
Galatians 3:6, Romans 4:3, James 2:23

dictionary.com:
FAITH — confidence or trust in a person or thing;
belief that is not based on proof

November 25, 2016 at 7:45 AM · Searcy, AR ·

In a time that feels full of difficult thoughts, harsh words, fear, and uncertainty to an extent rarely experienced, I felt a need to consider what my beliefs were and that resulted in what I choose to call “Foundational Inner Thoughts” (F.I.T.)–Part 2

SECOND (and I believe a vital step in the development of my “faith”) —

I SEEK GOD . . .
I am told repeatedly to seek God . . .
I want a relationship with God . . .
I want to know God
like the Scriptures say Moses knew God . . .

Thus the Lord used to speak to Moses
face to face,
just as a man speaks to his friend . . .
Exodus 33:11
(Deuteronomy 34:10; Numbers 12:8)

SO, if I seek God, I must ask myself some important questions:

–WHERE is God?
Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
(Psalm 139:7)

SO, if God is invisible,
–HOW do I seek God?
O God, You are my God;
I shall seek You earnestly;
My soul thirsts for You,
my flesh yearns for You,
In a dry and weary land
where there is no water.
(Psalm 63:1)

–WHAT does a relationship with God mean?
–what are my expectations?
the Lord, the Lord God,
compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, and
abounding in lovingkindness and truth
(Exodus 34:6)

dictionary.com: RELATIONSHIP — sense or state of being related

Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called sons of God.
(Matthew 5:9)

Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the
kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all.”
(Mark 10:15)

Psalm 36:7 How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God!
And the children of men take refuge in the shadow of Your wings.

 

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Exploring “REAL” in the midst of transitions . . .2

thoughts in process —

the idea of exploring “REAL” demands an examination of what is meant by “REAL” . . . can a human being know what is “REAL”? Since we all are biased, most often guilty of cognitive blindness, how can I trust what I view as my own reality? Many times I have arrived at a “aha moment” and been opened to a deeper understanding only to later find that it was just a surface scratch on a truth that I know is there, but . . .

My path to this point in my reality has been interesting, to say the least, filled with challenges/opportunities and I can say without reservation that LIFE IS A CLASSROOM or rather a series of classrooms and I have, at times, resisted lessons that were confronting me and have repeatedly said “I keep feeling like I am coming back to the same mountain again and again . . .” as if I am missing a point that will be presented to me time and time again until I “get it.”

Dreams, intriguing thoughts, traumas, perceived failures, drawn to examination of wounds and scars, and running from reviewing some levels of experiences, denying the need to plumb the depths of the pain to bring healing afraid of what it might reveal about me.

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FREEDOM?

FREEDOMfree to choose
does not mean endorsement of
someone else’s choice IT IS just their right
to make the choice for themselves
FREEDOM IS AN INDIVIDUAL’S RIGHT TO CHOOSE
the founding fathers
struggled with how to protect that
to the best of their ability and
they disagreed vehemently over many issues
in their era, it was a time of
• white males—they were land owners, educated
• black males—they were property, uneducated
• women—they were property, uneducated
• native Americans—they were non-entities

FIRST: the question is
what is YOUR definition of “freedom”?
• does it mean my right to define what choices others make so that they line up with my belief system?
• do I demand the right to dictate what choices others make that I strongly disagree with?
or
• does it mean, like God, leaving people to be “free-will agents” who may make choices that do not line up with my belief system?

SECOND: the question is
how does freedom play out in SHARED areas?
• should I look at “freedom” in shared areas from a different perspective?
example: shooting fireworks in my backyard versus shooting fireworks in a crowd with no restrictions
• does “my rights end where your nose begins” apply in our shared spaces?

CONSIDERATION: allowing others to be free to choose does not mean endorsement of that choice
example: allowing others to choose their marriage partner does NOT mean I approve of or endorse that choice AND I do not have to make the same choice

FREEDOM — free to choose
does not mean endorsement of
someone else’s choice just their right to
make the choice for themselves
Freedom is an individual’s right to choose

(remember WASPs?  — I grew up “knowing” the “ruling class” was                                  White Anglo-Saxon Protestants (WASPs) are a social group of wealthy and well-connected white Americans, of Protestant and predominantly British ancestry, who trace their ancestry to the American colonial period.  Until at least the 1960s, this group has dominated American society and culture and dominated in the leadership of the Whig and Republican parties.)

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Touch Your Heart . . . Your Pain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SAY WHAT???

in a world that seems to be limited to very few words . . . mainly
• insults,
• name calling,
• spiteful accusations,
• degrading statements,
• thinly veiled racist attacks —
we MUST review what this “dumbing down” of so many citizens
means . . . what does it say about me???

TOGETHER WE ARE STRONGER . . . we must find the path to UNIFYING PEOPLE

• are we tired yet of the childish playground bullying techniques?
• are we ready to take a breath and refuse to fight, fight, fight???
• are we able to see that we are all people who basically want the same things:
a safe place to live, food to eat, and a way to provide the basic needs for ourselves and for others?

Unacceptable WORDS to use in discussions: hate, beat, kill, invaders, lock up, fake . . . and this is just the beginning of how to speak respectfully to one another and make progress toward being what we are . . . human beings AND we need each other to survive in this world, to identify and find the best solutions for challenges that are too big to handle by one person.

WORDS to use in discussions: please, explain, understand, opinion, my view, feel, need . . . and these could open doors to sharing perspectives that would help us all gain a better understanding of needs and potential answers of issues that impact us all.

A crust in comfort is better than a feast in fear.       Aesop (c.620-560 BC)

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Empty Beaches . . . are not for mourning

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I Care . . . God

sometimes the only way I seem to understand a hard concept
is when the “message” is shown in an image . . .

the deeper the message, the less there are words to convey it

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