Valentine's Day Origins

    Friday, February 13, 2009, 11:39 AM [General]

    VARIOUS ORIGINS OF VALENTINE’S DAY.  Which ones(s) do you believe?

     

    The Feast of LubercusThe first interpretation has this celebration originating as a pagan tradition in the third century. During this time hordes of hungry wolves roamed outside of Rome where shepherds kept their flocks. The God Lupercus, was said to watch over the shepherds and their flocks and keep them from the wolves. Every February the Romans celebrated a feast called Lupercalia to honor Lupercus so that no harm would come to the shepherds and their flocks. Also during Lupercalia, but in honor of the goddess Juno Februata, the names of young women were put into a box and names were drawn by lot. The boys and girls who were matched would be considered partners for the year, which began in March. This celebration continued long after wolves were a problem to Rome.

    St. Valentine's DayAs Christianity became prevalent, priests attempted to replace old heathen practices. To Christianize the ancient pagan celebration of the Feast of Lubercus, the church officials changed the name to St. Valentine's Day. To give the celebration further meaning and eliminate pagan traditions, priests substituted the drawing of Saints names for the names of the girls. On St. Valentine's Day the priest placed saint's names into an urn or box. The young people then drew a name from the container. In the following year, the youth was supposed to emulate the life of the saint whose name he had drawn. By the fourteenth century they reverted back to the use of girl's names. In the sixteenth century they once again tried to have saintly valentines but it was as unsuccessful as the first attempt.While it can't be proved historically, there were seven men named Valentine who were honored with feasts on February 14th. Of these men, two stories link incidents that could have given our present day meaning to St. Valentine's Day.One of these men named Valentine was a priest during the reign of Emperor Claudius. Valentine was revered by the young and old, rich and poor, with people of all walks of life attending his services. At this time Emperor Claudius was heavily recruiting men to serve as soldiers for his wars without much success. The men preferred not to leave their wives, families and sweethearts to fight in foreign lands. Claudius became angry and declared that no more marriages could be performed and all engagements were cancelled.Valentine thought this to be unfair and secretly married several couples. When Claudius found out, he threw Valentine in prison where he died. Friends of the priest retrieved his body and buried it in a churchyard in Rome.Another version had St. Valentine jailed for helping Christians. While Valentine was in prison he cured a jailer's daughter of blindness. Claudius became enraged and had Valentine clubbed and beheaded on February 14, 269 A.D. Yet another story claims that Valentine fell in love with the jailer's daughter and wrote her letters that were signed "From your Valentine."All of the seven Valentines eventually evolved into one. In 496 Pope Gelasius declared the day in honor of St. Valentine. Through the centuries the Christian holiday became a time to exchange love messages and St. Valentine became the patron saint of lovers. Lovers' quarrels come under his jurisdiction and, naturally, he is the patron saint of engaged couples and of anyone wishing to marry.

     February 14th - The Day the Birds Began to MateThe Europeans also believed that on February 14th the birds began to choose their mates. In fact Chaucer, in his "Parlement of Foules," wrote: "For this was Seynt Valentine's Day when every foul cometh ther to choose his mate."John Donne wrote:Hail Bishop Valentine! whose day this is;
    All the air is thy diocese,
    And all the chirping choristers
    And other birds are thy parishioners:
    Thou marryest ever year
    The lyric lark and the grave whispering dove;
    The sparrow that neglects his life for love,
    The household bird with the red stomarcher;
    Celebrations
    Thous mak'st the blackbird speed as soon,
    As doth the goldfinch or the halcyon . . .
    This day more cheerfully than ever shine,
    This day which might inflame thyself, old Valentine!
    The Christian tradition of drawing names on St. Valentine's Eve continued in England and other places. The tradition of birds choosing their mates on St. Valentine's Day led to the idea that boys and girls would do the same. Now when a youth drew a girl's name, he wore it on his sleeve, and attended and protected her during the following year. This made the girl his valentine and they exchanged love tokens throughout the year. Later this was changed to only men giving love tokens to females, usually without names but signed "with St. Valentine's Love."Later, in France, both sexes drew from the valentine box. A booked called Travels in England, written in 1698, gives an account of the way it was done: On St. Valentine's Eve an equal number of Maids and Bachelors get together, each writes their true or some feigned name upon separate billets, which they roll up and draw by way of lots, the Maids taking the Men's billets, and the Men the Maids'; so that each of the young Men lights upon a Girl that he calls his Valentine, and each of the Girls upon a young Man which she calls hers. By this means each has two Valentines--but the Man sticks faster to the Valentine that is fallen to him than to the Valentine to whom he is fallen. Fortune having thus divided the company into so many couples, the valentines give balls and treats to their mistresses, wear their billets several days upon their bosoms or sleeves, and this little sport ofen ends in Love. This ceremony is practised differently in different Countries, and according to the freedom or severity of Madame Valentine. This is another kind of Valentine, which is the first young Man or Woman chance throws in your way in the street, or elsewhere . . .St. Valentine's Day was mentioned by Shakespeare. The poet, Drayton, wrote verses entitled "To His Valentine," in which he expressed the idea of the birds' mating on St. Valentine's Day.

    Each little bird this tide
    Doth choose her beloved peer,
    Which constantly abide
    In wedlock all the year.

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    GOD'S GREATEST GIFT TO THE WORLD: BIBLICAL PROPHESIES

    Wednesday, December 10, 2008, 4:02 PM [General]

    YESHUA...JESUS IS THE MESSIAH: GOD WITH US, SAVIOR FOR ALL!

    John 3:16-17 

     16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

     17For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

    Isaiah 53

     1Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?

     2For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.

     3He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

     4Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

     5But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

     6All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

     7He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

     8He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.

     9And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.

     10Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.

     11He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

     12Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

     *seed of a woman GENESIS 3:15, GALATIANS 4:4; descendant of Abraham- GENESIS 12:3, MATTHEW 1:1; descendant of Isaac- GENESIS 17:19, LUKE 3:34; descendant of Jacob - NUMBERS 24:17, MATTHEW 1:2; from the tribe of Judah-GENESIS 49:10, LUKE 3:33; descendant of David-JEREMIAH 23:5-6, MATTHEW 1:1; will shepherd His people-EZEKIEL 37:24, MATTHEW 2:6; heir to the throne of David-ISAIAH 9:7, LUKE 1:32,33;  anointed and eternal-PSALM 45:67, PSALM 102:25-27HEBREWS 1:8-12; born in Bethlehem-MICAH 5:2, LUKE 2:4-5,7; time for His birth- DANIEL 9:25, LUKE 2:1-2; to be born of a virgin-ISAIAH 7:14, LUKE 1:26-27, 30-31; worshipped by shepherds- PSALM 72:9, Luke 2:8-15; honored by great kings-PSALM 72:10,15, ISAIAH 60:3, MATTHEW 2:1-11, slaughter of children JEREMIAH 31:15, MATTHEW 2:16-18; flight to Egypt-HOSEA 11:1, MATTHEW 2:14-15, the way prepared-ISAIAH 40:3-5, LUKE 3:3-6; preceded by a forerunner-MALACHI 3:1, LUKE 7:24,27;preceded by Elijah-MALACHI 4:5-6, MATTHEW 11:13-14; preceded by Elijah-MALACHI 4:5,6 MATTHEW 11:13-14; declared the Son of God-PSALM 2:7, PROVERBS 30:4, LUKE 1:32, MATTHEW 3:17; Galilean ministry- ISAIH 9:1-2, MATTHEW 4:13-16

    *research by www.godandscience.org/apologetics.com  

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    Halloween: Celebrate or Not

    Monday, October 27, 2008, 4:39 PM [General]

    Halloween

         Halloween is celebrated by millions of people as a fun time for kids, putting on costumes, and going door-to-door to get candy. But it is also known as a time of witches, ghouls, goblins, and ghosts. On one hand, some see halloween as a harmless time of fun and on the other, a ghastly and demonically inspired night to be avoided.
         As Christians, there is a lot of debate on whether or not we should participate in Halloween. Is it alright to go trick-or-treating? Can we dress our kids up in costumes on that day? If we do any of this, are we celebrating an evil holiday?

    Halloween's Origins

         The word Halloween is derived from the term "All Hallows Eve" which occurred on Oct. 31, the end of summer in Northwestern Europe. "All Saints Day," or "All Hallows Day" was the next Day, Nov. 1st. Therefore, Halloween is the eve of All Saints Day.
         Apparently, the origins of Halloween can be traced back to ancient Ireland and Scotland around the time of Christ. On Oct. 31st, the Celts celebrated the end of summer. This was important because it was when animal herders would move their animals into barns and pens and prepare to ride out the winter. This was also the time of the crop harvests. This annual change of season and lifestyle was marked by a festival called Samhain -- pronounced 'sow-ane' and means 'end of summer.' Sow rhythms with cow.
         There was much superstition associated with this time of change including the belief in fairies, and that the spirits of the dead wandered around looking for bodies to inhabit. Since the living did not want to be possessed by spirits, they dressed up in costumes and paraded around the streets making loud noises to confuse and frighten the spirits away. In addition, the new year began for the Celts on Nov. 1. So, the day of Samhain was believed to be a day that was in neither the year past or the year to come.  Since it was in between, chaos ruled on that day. Often, people would pull practical jokes on others as a result.
         Later, around the 5th century, as the Catholic Church developed and moved into the area, instead of adding a new day to celebrate, it took over the Samhain celebration. Nov. 1st became "All Hallows Eve" where all the saints of the Catholic church were honored. A later custom developed where people would go door-to-door on Nov. 2, requesting small cakes in exchange for the promise of saying prayers for some of the dead relatives of each house. This arose out of the religious belief that the dead were in a state of limbo before they went to heaven or hell and that the prayers of the living could influence the outcome. This may have been the precursor to Trick-or Treat.
         The Jack-0-Lantern apparently comes from Irish folklore about a man named Jack who tricked the devil into climbing a tree. Once the devil was in the tree, Jack carved a cross on the trunk, preventing the devil from coming down. The devil then made a deal with Jack to not allow Jack into hell after Jack died if only Jack would remove the cross from the tree. After Jack died, he couldn't go to hell, and he couldn't go to heaven. He was forced to wander around the earth with a single candle to light his way. The candle was placed in a turnip to keep it burning longer. When the Irish came to America in the 1800's, they adopted the pumpkin instead of the turnip. Along with these traditions, they brought the idea that the black cat was considered by some to be reincarnated spirits who had prophetic abilities.
         So, it appears that the origins of Halloween are a mixture of old Celtic pagan rituals superstition and early Catholic traditions.

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    What does the Bible say about Halloween?

         What does the Bible say about Halloween? Nothing. But it does speak concerning witches, the occult, and paganism.

    Exodus 22:18, You shall not let a witch live.

    Deut. 18:10-12, "Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, 11 or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. 12 Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD…"

         The Bible definitely speaks negatively about occultic practices, spirits, and witches and condemns not only the practice but also the people who are involved in it. As Christians, we are to have nothing to do with the occult. Tarot Cards, contacting the dead, séances, lucky charms, etc., are all unbiblical and can harm a Christian's fellowship with God and open the Christian to demonic oppression. Most Christians know this and avoid these activities. But, the question still remains. Since there are ancient pagan connections and present occultic connections, what is the Christian to do?

    Can the Christian celebrate Halloween?

         The answer is simple: Yes and No. Let’s look at the negative first.
         The Christian is not to be involved with or support the occult, witchcraft, demonism, or any other thing that uplifts the occult. To do so is to contradict God’s word, dabble in demonic spirits, and invite judgment from God. If a Halloween celebration is centered on demons, devils, spirits, etc., I would say don't have anything to do with it.
         On the other hand, it isn't wrong to dress up in a costume and go door-to-door saying 'Trick or Treat." Provided that the costume isn't demonic, I can't see anything wrong with this.  It's just fun for the kids.
         Take a look at the Christmas tree.  It was originally an ancient fertility symbol. Yet, it has become a representation of Christmas and the place where gifts are placed. Are the Christians, then, paying homage to an ancient pagan fertility god? No. Not at all. They do not consider it pagan at all and are simply joining in on a cultural event and giving no honor to anything unbiblical.
         In the Bible in 1 Cor. 10:23-33, Paul speaks about meat sacrificed to idols. This meat was often sold in the meat market and the question arose, "Should a Christian each such meat?"
         Paul said in verse 25, "Eat anything that is sold in the meat market, without asking questions for conscience' sake." This is most interesting. He says it is okay to eat the meat bought in the market place even though that meat may have been sacrificed to idols.
         Then in verses 28-29 he says, "But if anyone should say to you, 'This is meat sacrificed to idols,' do not eat it, for the sake of the one who informed you, and for conscience' sake; 29 I mean not your own conscience, but the other man's; for why is my freedom judged by another's conscience?" (NASB). Paul is saying that if you find out the meat was sacrificed to idols, don't eat it -- not because of you, but because of the other person. In other words, eating that meat won't affect you. But, it may affect the attitude of another who does not understand the freedom the Christian has in Christ.
         Is it any different with Halloween (or Christmas)? No. Even though Halloween has pagan origins, because of your freedom in Christ, you and/or you kids can dress up in costumes and go door-to-door and just have fun. However, if you are not comfortable with doing this, then you should not. If you know of a person who would be stumbled by doing it, then you shouldn't either.

    This was taken from an article on the Christians Apologetic & Research Ministry Website. I thought it was quite indepth, but also interested in your replies.  Have a nice day.

    Zoelove08

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    LOVE

    Tuesday, October 7, 2008, 5:18 PM [General]

    Love is

         being happy for the other person when that person is happy

         being sad for the other person when that person is sad

         being together in good times and being together in bad times

                   Love is the source of strength

    Love is

         being honest with yourself at all times

         being honest with the other person at all times

         telling, listening, respecting the truth and never pretending

                   Love is the source of reality

    Love is

         an understanding so complete that you feel

         as if you are a part of the other person

         accepting that person just the way he or she is

         and not trying to change each other to be something else

                    Love is the source of unity

    Love is

         the freedom to pursue your own desires while

         sharing your experiences with the other person

         the growth of one individual alongside of and together with the growth of

         another individual

                   Love is the source of success

    Love is

         the excitement of planning things together

         the excitement of doing things together

                Love is the source of the future

    Love is

         the fury of the storm

         the calm in the rainbow

                   Love is the source of passion

    Love is

         giving and taking in a daily situation

         being patient with each other's needs and desires

                   Love is the source of sharing  

    Love is

         knowing that the other person will always be with you

         regardless of what happens

         missing the other person when he or she is away

         but remaining near in heart at all times

                   Love is the source of security

    LOVE IS THE SOURCE OF LIFE

                              -- Susan Polis Schutz  


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    CROSSROADS AND WITTY INVENTIONS

    Friday, August 29, 2008, 2:03 PM [General]

    Hi friends, have you ever been at a point in your life where it appears as nothing is going the way that you think it should? i.e., you must leave a place of employment that you LIKE, but, not due to poor job performance, or anything of the sort, and must seek another or...is it time to move into what you know God has been calling you to do--That small voice inside which says, "You have tried it your way, now try mine."

     If you are like me, there are ideas, witty inventions, along with the gifts and talents to make those things materialize into successful and fulfilling as well as enjoyable businesses, non-profit or profit. Yet, something, or we allow, something or somebody, distracts or deters us from persevering and achieving those goals. The most important “somebody” is the one whose image stares back at us in the mirror, and fears of either failure-or success. 

    How many of you will admit, as I will to you right now, that your past, or present choice of jobs has not had anything to do with your greatest  strengths and passions, and what you are naturally or spiritually gifted to do,  but are "comfort/or safety zone" jobs?   According to the Bible, 2Timothy 1:7- God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of love, power and a sound mind.  Also, according to Phillipians 4:13, I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Lastly, let us remember the parable of the talents in Matthew 25:14-30. Although money (a talent is worth $1,000 (dollars) is the subject, this parable still relates to this blog.

     I have worked a variety of jobs, some that were choices just because I needed the money, while others have given me experience to enhance my natural and spiritual gifts.  The time is now to no longer choose jobs that have nothing to do with what I know I should and could be doing. The time is now to put forth an effort, and persevere.  Success is a given, if by some reason, the 1st try doesn’t work, keep on until something does, because, the first part of success is the attempt.   If I do not attempt it, I am not being true to self and who God has called me to be.  I am inspired and motivated, by the number of entrepreneurs in the Beliefnet Community  who took their ideas and turned them into small and Big businesses.

    There has to be a plan and that plan has to be worked, thus making sure that all "ducks are in a row.” It’s definitely sounds so much easier to accept an "okay" job that you have the ability to do because of   “job security” plus receipt of regular paychecks, whether weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly, is a given, and various benefits--UNLESS, one day you walk in and something unfortunate and unexpected has occurred, and the job security is no longer—you have been dismissed.  Yet, there is always a desire inside to do more, to accomplish more and make a realization your dreams of opening a business, which could bring you a lot more income, and the satisfaction of knowing that you accomplished your goals, and can see the fruit of your labor!  I know that becoming an entrepreneur is not an easy task, it is a taking a step of faith—Faith in God—believing that He will help you.  If you know that the idea or witty invention is one that God, through his Spirit has been leading you to do, then He has already made the provisions for you, and trusting Him is the first step. Having faith and believing that you can do it, and being true to the hard work and dedication it will take is the 2nd step.   

    This year has been called the year of new beginnings because of the number 8, which is biblically symbolic for new beginnings; therefore, if, like me, you have not already reached your entrepreneurial goals, please make a commitment with me, to start today in making our dreams, visions, a reality, by whether setting aside 5 minutes of 50 if that is all you have each day, for planning your business(s). Let’s just get this party started…. The resource lies with us to reach our highest goals!

    Zoelove08,

    To whomsoever much is given, much is required, Luke 12:48

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    A Mighty Fortress is our God..(His answers to Job)

    Monday, August 18, 2008, 1:41 PM [General]

     God is truly amazing! In this present age, many question how He did this and that. I love reading Job 38-41 as the Lord replies to Job. Thanks for reading my journal! Have a nice day.

     

    The following is the 38th chapter of Job:

    Then the Lord answered Job out of the storm. He said:

     2 "Who is this that darkens my counsel
           with words without knowledge?

     3 Brace yourself like a man;
           I will question you,
           and you shall answer me.

     4 "Where were you when I laid the earth's foundation?
           Tell me, if you understand.

     5 Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!
           Who stretched a measuring line across it?

     6 On what were its footings set,
           or who laid its cornerstone-

     7 while the morning stars sang together
           and all the angels
    [a] shouted for joy?

     8 "Who shut up the sea behind doors
           when it burst forth from the womb,

     9 when I made the clouds its garment
           and wrapped it in thick darkness,

     10 when I fixed limits for it
           and set its doors and bars in place,

     11 when I said, 'This far you may come and no farther;
           here is where your proud waves halt'?

     12 "Have you ever given orders to the morning,
           or shown the dawn its place,

     13 that it might take the earth by the edges
           and shake the wicked out of it?

     14 The earth takes shape like clay under a seal;
           its features stand out like those of a garment.

     15 The wicked are denied their light,
           and their upraised arm is broken.

     16 "Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea
           or walked in the recesses of the deep?

     17 Have the gates of death been shown to you?
           Have you seen the gates of the shadow of death
    [b] ?

     18 Have you comprehended the vast expanses of the earth?
           Tell me, if you know all this.

     19 "What is the way to the abode of light?
           And where does darkness reside?

     20 Can you take them to their places?
           Do you know the paths to their dwellings?

     21 Surely you know, for you were already born!
           You have lived so many years!

     22 "Have you entered the storehouses of the snow
           or seen the storehouses of the hail,

     23 which I reserve for times of trouble,
           for days of war and battle?

     24 What is the way to the place where the lightning is dispersed,
           or the place where the east winds are scattered over the earth?

     25 Who cuts a channel for the torrents of rain,
           and a path for the thunderstorm,

     26 to water a land where no man lives,
           a desert with no one in it,

     27 to satisfy a desolate wasteland
           and make it sprout with grass?

     28 Does the rain have a father?
           Who fathers the drops of dew?

     29 From whose womb comes the ice?
           Who gives birth to the frost from the heavens

     30 when the waters become hard as stone,
           when the surface of the deep is frozen?

     31 "Can you bind the beautiful [c] Pleiades?
           Can you loose the cords of Orion?

     32 Can you bring forth the constellations in their seasons [d]
           or lead out the Bear
    [e] with its cubs?

     33 Do you know the laws of the heavens?
           Can you set up God's
    [f] dominion over the earth?

     34 "Can you raise your voice to the clouds
           and cover yourself with a flood of water?

     35 Do you send the lightning bolts on their way?
           Do they report to you, 'Here we are'?

     36 Who endowed the heart [g] with wisdom
           or gave understanding to the mind
    [h] ?

     37 Who has the wisdom to count the clouds?
           Who can tip over the water jars of the heavens

     38 when the dust becomes hard
           and the clods of earth stick together?

     39 "Do you hunt the prey for the lioness
           and satisfy the hunger of the lions

     40 when they crouch in their dens
           or lie in wait in a thicket?

     41 Who provides food for the raven
           when its young cry out to God
           and wander about for lack of food?

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    PRAISE GOD FROM WHOM ALL BLESSINGS FLOW...

    Sunday, May 11, 2008, 2:33 PM [General]

    SCRIPTURE: PSALM 145:3 GREAT IS THE LORD! HE IS MOST WORTHY OF PRAISE! HIS GREATNESS IS BEYOND DISCOVERY!  

    Come on everybody, lets give praise to the one who deserves our greatest praise! Think about the beauty that surrounds us: the trees, flowers, lakes, rivers, streams, the animals, all of nature and at each of you, all different races-all beautiful, all created in his image. and Praise God!

    Look at your family members, friends and relatives, and your extended family--all of the ones who stick by you through thick and thin, and Praise God for them.  

    Look at the dawn of each new day, and the setting of the sun, the glow of the moon and the sparkles of the stars and Praise God for them.

    Praise GOD:

                        for life, health, strength, 

                        for shelter, clothing and food

                        for protection, guidance, and wisdom,

                        for joy, love, and happiness,

                        for His presence, Jesus and the Holy Spirit,

                        for grace, mercy and forgiveness,

                        for everything!....

    for we know that it is in HIM that we live and breathe and have our being, and without HIM we can do nothing, per His Word. THis we evidently know on a daily basis, upon awakening to see a brand new day. PRAISE GOD!

    Zoe

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    WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS LOVE, SWEET LOVE...

    Sunday, May 11, 2008, 2:25 PM [General]

    To everyone: As the song that was quipped back in the 70's goes:

    WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS LOVE, SWEET LOVE, THAT'S THE ONLY THING THAT THERE'S JUST TOO LITTLE OF, WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS LOVE SWEET LOVE, NOT JUST FOR SOME BUT FOR EVERYONE...

    WHAT TIME IS IT?  Please do not look at the clock on the wall, or the watch on your wrist, look at the world around you. As we concentrate on spreading the love that is in us, to all--why we can, perhaps  we can save a life or prevent someone from ruining or taking another one. As we look around this world today, one may think that many have gone mad: all of the senseless and horrendous killings for something as menial as a wrong look or wrong word--sometimes heard incorrectly, but there is no way saying, "I am sorry I misunderstood, will revive  the life of the one taken.  While yet others kill for a pair of shoes, designer clothing, or one's skin color not the same as another's, etc. Again I ask

    WHAT TIME IS IT?  Please do not look at the clock on the wall, or the watch on your wrist, look at the world around you. As we concentrate on spreading the love that is in us, to all--why we can, perhaps  we can save a life or prevent someone from ruining or taking another one.

    As we look around this world today, we see Parents killing children, and vice versa, molestation and incest increasing, gang violence on the rise--especially among teenagers, Teen, and pre-teen, pregnancies, are rapidly growing--In my state, my county has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the United States, STD's, AIDS--and AIDS DEATHS, drug overdoses, and drug killings, suicides, drive-by's and that list goes on.

    WHAT TIME IS IT?  Please do not look at the clock on the wall, or the watch on your wrist, look at the world around you. As we concentrate on spreading the love that is in us, to all--why we can, perhaps  we can save a life or prevent someone from ruining or taking another one.

    The homeless. runaway and abandoned children, battered women and men, rapes, job losses, suicide bombings, wars--along with the fatalities the come with them--all on the rise.

    There is much that needs to be done, alot of it we can not assist physically with, but, I am a believer in prayer and that prayer changes things. Yet I also believe that biblically speaking, many things will come to past,  as it is written, and as we are evidently seeing as part of the "last days"  the time before the soon return of Jesus.

    Meanwhile, we can still "reach out and touch someone." In us lies the very resources essential to help each other. We can help someone who thinks he has lost his way, by helping him or her get back on the right path, by spending a little time listening, or sharing a few encouraging words, giving love, for the sake of doing just that, and not expecting anything in return, but seeing another person's life changed for the better.,In us lies the very resources essential to help each other and spread the love of God, because We were created in his image--the originator or love. We were made by LOVE, to spread LOVE.

    WHAT TIME IS IT?  Please do not look at the clock on the wall, or the watch on your wrist, look at the world around you. As we concentrate on spreading the love that is in us, to all--why we can, perhaps  we can save a life or prevent someone from ruining or taking another one.

    I am thankful for each of you in this group, because that it what it is here for--a coming together of people from all over the world to support, aid, pray, laugh with, cry with, encourage, and build friendships and all out spread agape love to everyone who stops by here.

    Thanks!

    Peace, Love and Blessings overflowing,

    Zoe

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    LET'S TALK ABOUT LOVE

    Sunday, April 27, 2008, 9:17 PM [General]

    LOVE EXISTENTIAL

    Zoelove08, written Dec. 2007

    Love is something that never dies
    Although interchangeable from one to another,
    the core and the essence remains intact.
    You are not who you are without it;
    It is existential.

    Love was in the beginning
    creating every iota of being:
    time, space, soil, water, sun, moon, meteors, planets
    and everything that dwells there in.
    It is innate.

    Love poured out to create love within:
    Spirit, soul and body,
    love existential and innate.
    The Originator of love is God,

    Give thanks to Him and show compassion to all.

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    THANK YOU JESUS: ISAIAH 53

    Monday, February 4, 2008, 5:51 AM [General]

     (Amplified version)

     1WHO HAS believed (trusted in, relied upon, and clung to) our message [of that which was revealed to us]? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been disclosed    2For [the Servant of God] grew up before Him like a tender plant, and like a root out of dry ground; He has no form or comeliness [royal, kingly pomp], that we should look at Him, and no beauty that we should desire Him.     3He was despised and rejected and forsaken by men, a Man of sorrows and pains, and acquainted with grief and sickness; and like One from Whom men hide their faces He was despised, and we did not appreciate His worth or have any esteem for Him.    4Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment], yet we [ignorantly] considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy} 5But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.     6All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord has made to light upon Him the guilt and iniquity of us all   7He was oppressed, [yet when] He was afflicted, He was submissive and opened not His mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so He opened not His mouth.    8By oppression and judgment He was taken away; and as for His generation, who among them considered that He was cut off out of the land of the living [stricken to His death] for the transgression of my [Isaiah's] people, to whom the stroke was due?     9And they assigned Him a grave with the wicked, and with a rich man in His death, although He had done no violence, neither was any deceit in His mouth. 10Yet it was the will of the Lord to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief and made Him sick. When You and He make His life an offering for sin [and He has risen from the dead, in time to come], He shall see His [spiritual] offspring, He shall prolong His days, and the will and pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.    11He shall see [the fruit] of the travail of His soul and be satisfied; by His knowledge of Himself [which He possesses and imparts to others] shall My [uncompromisingly] righteous One, My Servant, justify many and make many righteous (upright and in right standing with God), for He shall bear their iniquities and their guilt [with the consequences, says the Lord].     12Therefore will I divide Him a portion with the great [kings and rulers], and He shall divide the spoil with the mighty, because He poured out His life unto death, and [He let Himself] be regarded as a criminal and be numbered with the transgressors; yet He bore [and took away] the sin of many and made intercession for the transgressors (the rebellious]

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