Synchronicity – I have had a lot of this today!
Synchronicity – Wikipedia
Good afternoon to you wherever and whenever this finds you. I hope you are well. The messages from Streams in the Desert and A Woman’s Spirit really resonated with me today so I am passing them on to you as well. The message for today perfectly coincides with drawings and exchanges today AND I love spending time just looking up at the sky and clouds! When I look at the clouds I think of ships and traveling spirits – intelligence. The message for the 16th resonated with me too, but when I think of “Satan” I don’t think of just one entity like has been described. I believe people’s thoughts, actions and subsequent deeds, if from a place of malice, can do great evil in this world. When I think of Satan, I think of the actions and consequences of “the broken” and what they let loose in the world with their brokeness. Sometimes they will believe, from their perception of existence, that what they do is “for the best” and really it is only self-serving and causes great harm. Broken men and women when left unmended, can do great harm to themselves and others even if they don’t intentionally mean to do so. Many people use the “Satan made me do it” clause to justify their actions, instead of taking responsibility for their own actions.
I believe intention is the propellant for our words and deeds which can either be positive or negative…good or evil… like anything else. I believe perception (the who, what, when and why of us as a person) originates in the “forming of a heart and soul” from the time we are born until we die. Perception is malleable if we remain teachable and open-minded…unfixed in our shaping.
Perception of existence (who and what we are as a person at any given point in our timeline) + Energy of Thought/Intention + Action = Manifestation of either “good” or “evil” reality we live in
Just thoughts based on my personal experience. You may not agree….so we can agree to disagree right?! It’s my blog so I get to “natter on” (friend Les’s phrase)….(raspberries lol!)
“Men see not the bright light which is in the clouds.” (Job 37:21.)
The world owes much of its beauty to cloudland. The unchanging blue of the Italian sky hardly compensates for the changefulness and glory of the clouds. Earth would become a wilderness apart from their ministry. There are clouds in human life, shadowing, refreshing, and sometimes draping it in blackness of night; but there is never a cloud without its bright light. “I do set my bow in the cloud!”
If we could see the clouds from the other side where they lie in billowy glory, bathed in the light they intercept, like heaped ranges of Alps, we should be amazed at their splendid magnificence.
We look at their under side; but who shall describe the bright light that bathes their summits and searches their valleys and is reflected from every pinnacle of their expanse? Is not every drop drinking in health-giving qualities, which it will carry to the earth?
O child of God! If you could see your sorrows and troubles from the other side; if instead of looking up at them from earth, you could look down on them from heavenly places where you sit with Christ; if you knew how they are reflecting in prismatic beauty before the gaze of Heaven, the bright light of Christ’s face, you would be content that they should cast their deep shadows over the mountain slopes of existence. Only remember that clouds are always moving and passing before God’s cleansing wind. – Selected
“I cannot know why suddenly the storm
Should rage so fiercely round me in its wrath;
but this I know – God watches all my path,
And I can trust.
“I may not draw aside the mystic veil
That hides the unknown future from my sight,
Nor know if for me waits the dark or light;
But I can trust.
“I have no power to look across the tide,
To see while here the land beyond the river;
But this I know – I shall be god’s forever;
So I can trust.”
“Fear not Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before God, thy words were heard, and I am come for they words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me once and twenty days.” (Dan. 10:12, 13.)
We have wonderful teaching here on prayer, and we are shown the direct hindrance from Satan.
Daniel had fasted and prayed twenty-one days, and had a very hard time in prayer. As far as we read the narrative, it was not because Daniel was not a good man, nor because his prayer was not right; but it was because of a special attack of Satan.
The Lord started a messenger to tell Daniel that his prayer was answered the moment Daniel began to pray; but an evil angel met the good angel and wrestled with him, hindering him. there was a conflict in the heavens; and Daniel seemed to go through an agony on earth the same as that which was going on in the heavens.
“We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers….against wicked spirits in high places (Eph. 6:12, margin).
Satan delayed the answer three full weeks. Daniel nearly succumbed, and Satan would have been glad to kill him; but God will not suffer anything to come above that we “are able to bear.”
Many a Christian’s prayer is hindered by Satan; but you need not fear when your prayers and faith pile up; for after a while they will be like a flood, and will not only sweep the answer through, but will also bring some new accompanying blessing. – Sermon
Hell does its worst with the saints. The rarest souls have been tested with high pressures and temperatures, but Heaven will not desert them. – W.L. Watkinson
A Woman’s Spirit Hazelden Meditations
I have always been sort of quiet and kept my thoughts to myself. I have looked to “the Man upstairs” and he has provided the answer. – Phyllis Elliott
Looking to one’s Higher Power for guidance is a tool we are using with greater ease as we continue our journey in recovery. Many of us came into this program with little or no belief in God. Coming to believe in a caring God, one who will gently guide us through every circumstance, does not happen overnight. Fortunately, God is patient.
Trying to figure out how to live our lives–including what job to take, what person to choose as a mate, what opinions to have–was difficult when we didn’t know we had a Higher Power to turn to. And, as a result, we made many unfortunate decisions. But making decisions today no longer needs to be a problem. For every situation we have the answer we need and it rests with God. In the quiet places in our minds we will discover what our Higher Power thinks is best for us. We can either follow the guidance or ignore it. But it will be there for us.
I will ask God to help me with the easy as well as the hard decisions I face today. Relying on God will make my life much more serene.
I wanted to share this article I found after seeing a post on the Facebook page I follow, Ireland from the Roadside. They had video of a ceremony honoring in our times the relationship between the Choctaw and the Irish. This was history that Kyle and I didn’t know about and with him being 41% and me a wee 7% Irish and Link’s fur Granny being both Choctaw AND Irish, well it’s important to know stuff like this!
How Choctaw Indians raised money for Irish Great Hunger relief
On March 23, 1847, the Indians of the Choctaw nation took up an amazing collection. They raised $170 for Irish Famine relief, an incredible sum at the time worth in the tens of thousands of dollars today.
They had an incredible history of deprivation themselves, forced off their lands in 1831 and made embark on a 500 mile trek to Oklahoma called “The Trail of Tears.” Ironically the man who forced them off their lands was Andrew Jackson, the son of Irish immigrants.
On September 27, 1830, the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek was signed. It represented one of the largest transfers of land that was signed between the U.S. Government and Native Americans without being instigated by warfare. By the treaty, the Choctaws signed away their remaining traditional homelands, opening them up for European-American settlement. The tribes were then sent on a forced march
As historian Edward O’Donnell wrote “Of the 21,000 Choctaws who started the journey, more than half perished from exposure, malnutrition, and disease. This despite the fact that during the War of 1812 the Choctaws had been allies of then-General Jackson in his campaign against the British in New Orleans.’
Now sixteen years later they met in their new tribal land and sent the money to a U.S. famine relief organization for Ireland. It was the most extraordinary gift of all to famine relief in Ireland. The Choctaws sent the money at the height of the Famine, “Black 47,” when close to a million Irish were starving to death.
Thanks to the work of Irish activists such as Don Mullan and Choctaw leader Gary White Deer the Choctaw gift has been recognized in Ireland.
In 1990, a number of Choctaw leaders took part in the first annual Famine walk at Doolough in Mayo recreating a desperate walk by locals to a local landlord in 1848.
In 1992 Irish commemoration leaders took part in the 500 mile trek from Oklahoma to Mississippi. The Choctaw made Ireland’s president Mary Robinson an honorary chief. They did the same for Don Mullan.
Even better, both groups became determined to help famine sufferers, mostly in Africa and the Third World, and have done so ever since.
The gift is remembered in Ireland. The plaque on Dublin’s Mansion House that honors the Choctaw contribution reads: “Their humanity calls us to remember the millions of human beings throughout our world today who die of hunger and hunger-related illness in a world of plenty.”