This blog is based on references in the Bible to fear. God wills that we “BE NOT AFRAID”. Many theologians state that the eighth deadly sin is fear. It is fear and its natural animal reaction to fight or flight that is the root cause of our failings to create a Kingdom of God on earth. By “the power of the Holy Spirit” we can be witnesses and “communicators” of a new and redeemed humanity “even to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:7 8). This blog is dedicated to Mary the Mother of God.
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Sunday, November 25, 2018
Monday, November 26, 2018
Genesis, Chapter 19, Verse 30
Since Lot was afraid to stay in Zoar, he and his two
daughters went up from Zoar and settled in the hill country, where he lived
with his two daughters in a cave.
We cannot soar if
we are afraid of Zoar. I have the
strength to face all conditions by the power that Christ gives me. (Philippians
4:13) Our fears can, at times, be like a handicap. Fears can either
immobilize us or if we are up to the challenge,
they can propel us to greater heights. Are we going to be like Lot afraid to
Zoar or more like a Helen Keller
or Tom Dempsey? Dempsey set a 43-year NFL record for the longest field goal,
yet he was born with no right fingers and half a right foot.
thank God for my handicaps, for through them, I have found myself, my work,
my God. (Helen Keller)
Justly we await the revelation of our glorified bodies:
Christ Jesus by his birth, death and resurrection made us dead to the handicap
of sin and alive to God.
Advent and Christmas
The Advent season
in the Northern Hemisphere is normally cold, dark and the days are short.
Traditions such as Thanksgiving and Christmas have been established to help
dispel the psychological fear that develops as a result of the darkness.
However, in the Southern Hemisphere the days are long and warm.
This is a good
time if you have the means to take a winter’s break and go to a warmer climate
to give you a chance to create a brighter spirit. However, if this is not possible,
we can greatly reduce our fears by getting some sun for 10 or 15 minutes a day.
Try to walk at the brightest time of the day, or if you have a sun window
to sit in the sun. This would also be a good time to pray.Through prayer the Holy Spirit strengthens us
from the inside and the sun charges us from the outside.
Also spending some
time exercising daily will definitely dispel our fears. We are both physical
and spiritual and having a balance of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual
activities will make us resilient to the darkness in the world. I find hiking a
wonderful anecdote to the blues and fears. I hike as often as I can; using the
Beatitudes as discussed in the Preface as a meditation as I hike.
is also important to reach out to others. We can strengthen ourselves by being
with and for others. No matter what your cultural background this season will
provide many ethnic opportunities to celebrate together. Think of the giant
Redwoods they are the largest trees in the world. These trees survive by
intertwining their roots because the ground is so hard the Redwood cannot strike
a taproot to hold itself up but by supporting each other they become the
largest trees in the world.
Christmas season when you make out your gift list try to give a gift to those
you love that truly helps them to prosper!
Cyber Monday seeks to sell
massive quantities of goods through online stores at a sale price. Marketing
companies created the term Cyber Monday as a catchphrase to persuade people to
shop online. In 2014, Cyber Monday sales were a record 2.68 billion dollars,
making it one of the biggest shopping days of the year. Cyber Monday is not an
official holiday, but it is an international day recognized by consumers. The
term Cyber Monday developed naturally overtime as online sales following Thanksgiving
spiked. This was seen as an opportunity to brand the new shopping occasion;
much the same way black Friday was years earlier. Cyber Monday was first
originally held November of 2005. The day it is held varies from year to year,
but it is always held the Monday following Thanksgiving in the US.
Cyber Monday Facts & Quotes
Since 2010, Cyber Monday
has been the highest online spending day in the year in the US. Sales numbers
on Cyber Monday have gradually increased by at least $100 million each year
since the term was first coined. According to a survey by the National Retail
Federation, 90% of online shoppers surveyed said low prices were the most
important part of their shopping experience on Cyber Monday. The top 3 products
purchased online on Cyber Monday are: Apparel, books/DVDs/Videos/Games and
Consumer electronics. You may have heard of Black Friday and Cyber
Monday. There's another day you might want to know about: Giving Tuesday.
The idea is pretty straightforward. On the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, shoppers
take a break from their gift-buying and donate what they can to charity.
– Bill Gates, creator of Microsoft.
Cyber Monday Top Events and Things
something! You can buy just about anything online these days, so treat yourself
or a loved one to something you have been saving up for. Chances are it is at a
reduced price on Cyber Monday! Fill your online shopping cart with all the
things you were thinking of buying at all retail shops. Total up the cost of
all the things you were going to buy, and instead of buying them, donate that
exact amount of money to a charity of your choice. Spread awareness on social
media by using the hashtag#CyberMonday, #CyberDeals and #DealsDealsDeals.
Promote your favorite retailers over social media using their hashtags and by
reposting their posts. Save your money today and wait until Giving Tuesday
tomorrow to donate it all or use it to purchase items for donation.
these counsels slowly. Pause to meditate on these thoughts. They are things
that I whisper in your ear-confiding them-as a friend, as a brother, as a
father. And they are being heard by God. I won't tell you anything new. I will
only stir your memory, so that some thought will arise and strike you; and so
you will better your life and set out along ways of prayer and of Love. And in
the end you will be a more worthy soul."
Detachment. How hard it is! Oh, to be fastened by nothing but
three nails and to have no more feeling in my flesh than the Cross.