belleo's blog listings. From darkness to light Zend_Feed_Writer 1.10.8 (http://framework.zend.com) http://community.beliefnet.com/belleo Prayer helps... Even though our emotional and spiritual lives are distinct, they do influence one another profoundly.  Our feelings often give us a window on our spiritual journeys.  When we cannot let go of jealousy, we may wonder if we are in touch with the Spirit in us that cries out "Abba."  When we feel very peaceful and "centered," we may come to realise that this is a sign of our deep awareness of our belovedness.

Likewise our prayer lives, lived as faithful response to the presence of the Spirit within us, may open a window on our emotions, feelings, and passions and give us some indication of how to put them into the service of our long journey into the heart of God.

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Sun, 27 Jul 2014 07:25:01 -0500 http://community.beliefnet.com/belleo/blog/2014/07/27/prayer_helps... http://community.beliefnet.com/belleo/blog/2014/07/27/prayer_helps... Even though our emotional and spiritual lives are distinct, they do influence one another profoundly.  Our feelings often give us a window on our spiritual journeys.  When we cannot let go of jealousy, we may wonder if we are in touch with the Spirit in us that cries out "Abba."  When we feel very peaceful and "centered," we may come to realise that this is a sign of our deep awareness of our belovedness.

Likewise our prayer lives, lived as faithful response to the presence of the Spirit within us, may open a window on our emotions, feelings, and passions and give us some indication of how to put them into the service of our long journey into the heart of God.

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Decisions ... Inspirational Snippet: Fear is a feeling, but trust is a decision. God eagerly helps us to make that decision

It takes time for me to make a decision that will impact the lives of many .I think I am older and wiser today and i know there is a need for a life change . I want it to start with  retreat of a week or two .That has proved beneficial in the past .

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Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:33:12 -0500 http://community.beliefnet.com/belleo/blog/2014/07/15/decisions_... http://community.beliefnet.com/belleo/blog/2014/07/15/decisions_... Inspirational Snippet: Fear is a feeling, but trust is a decision. God eagerly helps us to make that decision

It takes time for me to make a decision that will impact the lives of many .I think I am older and wiser today and i know there is a need for a life change . I want it to start with  retreat of a week or two .That has proved beneficial in the past .

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Mountaintop experience ... The journey to the mountaintop is usually longer than we plan or imagine. A short trip sometimes takes so long we never reach the goal. The mountaintop experience we hope for remains elusive.

If we are walking with Jesus, our eyes shouldn't be fixated on the goal anyway. Awareness of the presence of Jesus is the real objective, the daily objective, the moment by moment objective.

If our joy depends on what's ahead instead of Who is beside us, we will never reach the mountaintop, possibly not even the ultimate heavenly mountaintop. And we will miss the experiences of heaven that Jesus gives us on the footpath of today's portion of the journey.

Joy is found in the adventure of traveling wherever Jesus leads us. The ups and downs we traverse together become more fruitful and beneficial than a straight and smooth path.

If the goal is God-inspired, we will be rewarded for persevering toward it even when we don't obtain it. God doesn't ask for the completion of every plan; He asks to be the Lord of every plan. And in that are many different and surprising rewards

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Sat, 12 Jul 2014 22:41:49 -0500 http://community.beliefnet.com/belleo/blog/2014/07/12/mountaintop_experience_... http://community.beliefnet.com/belleo/blog/2014/07/12/mountaintop_experience_... The journey to the mountaintop is usually longer than we plan or imagine. A short trip sometimes takes so long we never reach the goal. The mountaintop experience we hope for remains elusive.

If we are walking with Jesus, our eyes shouldn't be fixated on the goal anyway. Awareness of the presence of Jesus is the real objective, the daily objective, the moment by moment objective.

If our joy depends on what's ahead instead of Who is beside us, we will never reach the mountaintop, possibly not even the ultimate heavenly mountaintop. And we will miss the experiences of heaven that Jesus gives us on the footpath of today's portion of the journey.

Joy is found in the adventure of traveling wherever Jesus leads us. The ups and downs we traverse together become more fruitful and beneficial than a straight and smooth path.

If the goal is God-inspired, we will be rewarded for persevering toward it even when we don't obtain it. God doesn't ask for the completion of every plan; He asks to be the Lord of every plan. And in that are many different and surprising rewards

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Song of Songs most celebrated in all of literature The Old Testament has many beautiful stories of marriage, all of them stressing that blend of steadfastness and tenderness which should characterise married love, as it characterises God's love for His people. Such are the espousals and marriage of Abraham and Sarah, of Isaac and Rebekah, of Jacob and Rachel. The Book of Ruth describes, with touching simplicity, the marriage of Boaz and Ruth. The Book of Tobit has the charming story of "love at first sight" between Tobias and Sarah, and of their prayerful preparation for marriage and their married bliss. Tobias, we are told, "fell so deeply in love with Sarah that he could no longer call his heart his own" (Tobit 6:18). Tobias prays to God: Be kind enough to have pity on (Sara) and on me and bring us to old age together (Tobit 8:9).


40. The Song of Songs is one of the most celebrated love songs of all literature. It is a long lyrical celebration of the joy of the mutual love between a young man and a young woman; and yet it is simply an elaboration of the earliest love song which we find in Genesis, the song sung by Adam when he was first introduced to Eve. The stress laid in Genesis on the unbreakable union of the first man and woman in marriage is re-echoed in the Song of Songs: My beloved is mine and I am his. (Song of Songs 2:15)


Set me like a seal on your heart, like a seal on your arm. For love is strong as Death, jealously relentless as Sheol. The flash of it is a flash of fire, a flame of the Lord himself. Love no flood can quench, no torrents drown. Were a man to offer all the wealth of his house to buy love, contemptall he would purchase {Song of Song 8:6-7}

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Mon, 07 Jul 2014 06:47:19 -0500 http://community.beliefnet.com/belleo/blog/2014/07/07/song_of_songs_most_celebrated_in_all_of_literature http://community.beliefnet.com/belleo/blog/2014/07/07/song_of_songs_most_celebrated_in_all_of_literature The Old Testament has many beautiful stories of marriage, all of them stressing that blend of steadfastness and tenderness which should characterise married love, as it characterises God's love for His people. Such are the espousals and marriage of Abraham and Sarah, of Isaac and Rebekah, of Jacob and Rachel. The Book of Ruth describes, with touching simplicity, the marriage of Boaz and Ruth. The Book of Tobit has the charming story of "love at first sight" between Tobias and Sarah, and of their prayerful preparation for marriage and their married bliss. Tobias, we are told, "fell so deeply in love with Sarah that he could no longer call his heart his own" (Tobit 6:18). Tobias prays to God: Be kind enough to have pity on (Sara) and on me and bring us to old age together (Tobit 8:9).


40. The Song of Songs is one of the most celebrated love songs of all literature. It is a long lyrical celebration of the joy of the mutual love between a young man and a young woman; and yet it is simply an elaboration of the earliest love song which we find in Genesis, the song sung by Adam when he was first introduced to Eve. The stress laid in Genesis on the unbreakable union of the first man and woman in marriage is re-echoed in the Song of Songs: My beloved is mine and I am his. (Song of Songs 2:15)


Set me like a seal on your heart, like a seal on your arm. For love is strong as Death, jealously relentless as Sheol. The flash of it is a flash of fire, a flame of the Lord himself. Love no flood can quench, no torrents drown. Were a man to offer all the wealth of his house to buy love, contemptall he would purchase {Song of Song 8:6-7}

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Success... The work of promoting peace is anything but a calm and quiet endeavor. It takes a clear mind, a steady spirit and a brave soul to intervene between people whose emotions are so aroused that they are ready to destroy one another. This is all the more true of a woman in the early 14th century. But Elizabeth of Portigal  had a deep and sincere love and sympathy for humankind, almost a total lack of concern for herself and an abiding confidence in God. These were the tools of her success.

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Fri, 04 Jul 2014 20:45:48 -0500 http://community.beliefnet.com/belleo/blog/2014/07/04/success... http://community.beliefnet.com/belleo/blog/2014/07/04/success... The work of promoting peace is anything but a calm and quiet endeavor. It takes a clear mind, a steady spirit and a brave soul to intervene between people whose emotions are so aroused that they are ready to destroy one another. This is all the more true of a woman in the early 14th century. But Elizabeth of Portigal  had a deep and sincere love and sympathy for humankind, almost a total lack of concern for herself and an abiding confidence in God. These were the tools of her success.

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