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Spritual Riddle…I am the Greatest Spirit of All!

~Love Tames.  CordieB.

~Love Tames. CordieB.

I am kind and patient; not boastful or proud…

I am all knowing, yet humble; not boisterous or loud

I am secure in my stead; not untrusting or jealous

I keep no scores of bad deeds;  I’m forgiving….unrebellious

I am thankful for mine; of your’s I’m not envious

I don’t hold resentment to ferment my soul…

In-line with my spirit, it is compassion I hold!

I’m not judgmental; I allow others to be…

That which they are; so their souls might be free

Knowing we all are created from the same mighty force

Good, bad or indifferent; of the same Holy source!

I rejoice in the truth; refrain from deception…

Persevere with great hope, amid pain or rejection.

Not easily angered, remaining kind and protective…

Willing to look closely at life from another’s perspective.

I am the foundation of all Creation thereof…

I’m the most powerful, unfailing, Spirit of all

…I Am the Spirit of Love…

~Written by CordieB, Inspired by 1st Corinthian’s 13 and of course….. Love.

Quote for the Day:  When I was a child, I talked like a child; I thought like a child; I reasoned like a child. As I grew, I put childish ways behind me. Then I saw but a poor reflection, as in a mirror. Now I see face to face. Then, I knew only in part. Now I know fully and I am fully known.

And now these three remain…

Faith

Hope

Love

But the greatest of these is…

LOVE

~1 Corinthians 13, The Bible

Another Quote:  Knowing is realizing we don’t know it all ~CordieB.

Peace, Light and Love….

Effective Love

Mother and Daughter Relationship ~CordieB

Imagine if You Will . . .

If all little girls were loved by their mothers . . .

If all little boys were loved by their dads . . .

Perhaps the world would be a better place, perhaps?

Is this not how the Bible teaches us that God loves us,

Yet .  . .the world is not a better place.

Why? 

Because for love to be effective in making our world better, there must be a relationship.

A relationship involves relating–communicating, and sharing of ourselves others.

Love from afar without any form of relationship bonding

is about as ineffective in making the world a better place as hatred.

Are not we all made of God? . . . Is God not inherit in each of us?

In order that we build a loving relationship with God, we must build relationships with ourselves and other human beings.

We must build  loving relationships with inhabitants of the Earth. 

Not to a far away supreme being in the sky.

~~Written by CordieB.

African-American Grandmothers ~Written by CordieB

Cordieb and BabyCocoa

Cordieb and BabyCocoa

I’m reposting this due to an interesting blog posting I read today on RawDawgB’s blog, entititled, "When the grandmomma’s gone "   Now, if you’ve been blogging with me for some time, you will know that I judge people for themselves, not based on color, religion, sex, or anything else.  But this topic is based on stats – and I’d appreciate any feedback you might offer, no matter your race, creed, or nationality.  Please be frank and honest with your opinions; however any opinion that are based on racisim or hatred will be deleted as they were on the first posting.  Peace, Light and Love . . . . CordieB. 

Why is it that African-American women tend to take care of their extended families and non-families more so than our caucasion sisters.   I visited my Aunt (who is 70+)  last weekend, and was amused, as always, at her streangth and her many stories of days gone by.  While I was there, two of her great- grand children were preparing to eat.   Now, my aunt, who is 70+ has raised her children, some of her grand children; and now – God bless her soul, she is raising two of her great grands!  These children are still in elementary school!   She receives very little assistance, –other than finacial help from her son who lives with her.    Most of the physical and emotional tolls all fall on her.  This same woman took care of my grand mother when she became too old to care for herself.  She would not have ever thought of putting Granny in a nursing home.  She took care of me when my mother passed away  (And I thank her for it).  She has taken in so many people with hard luck situations, and hardly ever complains.  But what’s so amazing about her is that she is the norm among African-American woman 50 years of age and older.  Now, some may feel that this is a myth or a belief that is not based on fact.   I made this observation based upon people whom I’ve encountered (my family, my friends)– and true enough, there are studies that show this to be true –  see below: 

Goodman and Silverstein (2001) found that compared to grandmothers of other ethnic groups, African American grandmothers were more likely to have more life satisfaction and lower negative affect. However, further empirical research has pointed to other reasons that suggest the issue of grandparents as caregivers for their grandchildren is especially relevant for African Americans. In the United States, the largest percentages of children living in a grandparent headed household are African American (Pebley & Rudkin, 1999; Pinson-Millburn & Fabian, 1996; Fuller-Thompson & Minkler, 2000; Caputo, 2001). Studies have found that compared to White grandparents who are caregivers to their grandchildren, African American parenting grandparents are more likely to be unemployed, live below the poverty line, and have more grandchildren for whom they provide care (Sands & Goldberg-Glen, 2000). Similarly, others have found that living beneath the poverty line, being African American, and being single raises the probability of becoming a grandparent who is a caregiver to their grandchildren (Roe & Minkler, 1998). Fuller-Thompson

To read the entire study, see http://www.clas.ufl.edu/users/tlmills/pub/Mills%20Publications/Mills,%20Gomez%20Smith%20&%20DeLeon_Grandparents.pdf

If you read the whole report you will see that among grandmothers raising grandchildren, African-American grandmothers make up for 69 percent of the total. 

Now back to the question.  Why?  I have more than a few answers of my own, but the best one that I can give is because we are expected to. 

Now expecting a 70 year to raise an elementary school aged child is nothing to brag about–in fact it is ludicrous.  I find  this type of expectation is what oftentimes leaves whole generations without proper guidance and discipline.   Where are the mothers? God only knows where the fathers are.  What are we teaching our children when we give them the expectation that we will always be there for them and for their’s-no doubt.  How many borderline unfit mothers would straighten up if we threatened to call social services and not do the work ourselves? 

Now I know that I might pee a lot of my beautiful people off by saying this; afterall – it’s not only that we are expected, we also have those spiritual virtues of love, caring, and being responsible for others who are less fortunate. 

However, love sometimes has to be learned the hard way.  Caring means, sometimes no matter how hard it might be, we step back and let our children or friends actually pass the grade and not do the work for them.   By doing the work for them, we are making  a contribution to a new generation of ignorance and complacency.

The Bible says, give a man a fish, and he’ll eat for a day, teach a man to fish and he’ll eat for a lifetime. 

There is a difference between helping and "enabling."    Enabling is a term that I, until recently, only associated with addiction.  However, when we allow self sufficient adults to become totally dependent upon us, we are not helping them at the least.   In fact, we are enabling them to become addicted to a cycle of dependency.

We can’t stop this cycle overnight.  But we can stop it by gradually putting our foot down and not allowing people to make so many unhealthy and unloving demands on us. 

We have to again teach our children and our neigbors self-sufficency by providing tough love–that which will have lasting and significant assistance. 

Peace, Light and Love. . . CordieB

Photo Friday – “Religion”

This Week’s Photo Friday topic is entitled: Religion

 
There is Wisdom in the Word ~CordieB.

This is my son, Samuel, reading Book of Samuels in the Holy Bible. 

 


Marcus, my nephew, and Marquese, My Grandson – Children are such a Joy!

. . . . And such is the Kindom of Heaven. 

When I see the joy in the eyes of the children; I am automatically transported to Heaven.  ~CordieB.

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Reflections of the Dawn


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Reflections of the Dawn

I stood upon the crest of the highest mountain, Calling down to those who dared to follow.

That I had attained the greatest of heights.

But a voice from above called out to me:

‘Rest not upon your foolish pride for you have taken but a single step. And as you await those to come, there are those that patiently wait for you.’
~By Daniel

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The above poem is one of my favorites.   Each time I read it, it humbles me.  It reminds me, that for each level of understaniding or wisdom I think I may have, there are those who await me to reach another level.  Really, didn’t most of think we had all the answers at 15 years old.  As we reflect back, we knew so very little.   It also reminds me of the Book of 1st Corinthians, Chapter 13, versus 9-12, when Paul prophesised:

9. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10. but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away.  11. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.

We really know so little and have so much to learn.  We will never know all about this  life until we pass beyond this life.   Each day, if we keep our minds and hearts open, we will learn something more, life will become clearer, we will become wiser.  But, like that teenager, we must open our heart and minds to learn, we can’t think we already know it all.   Also, as we grow older, we can’t hold on to that old philosophy, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.”   We can’t continually hold on to old ways; we have to open our hearts, minds and spirits to the new.  We have be refreshed.  We have to keep an open mind.   If someone didn’t keep an open mind, perhaps the world would still be flat.   We can’t think we already know it all.   We have to be open to all possibilities.   Honestly, we don’t know the true outcome of any particular event, until the event is in the present tense. 

So, stop stressing on the past; we can’t go back, we can simply learn from those experiences.  Stop stressing on the future as we now imagine it will be.  We can’t even imagine all that is in store for us – we might prophesize, but we are only looking through tinted glasses.  One day it will all be crystal clear!  So, for now, let’s just enjoy the wondrous gifts that God has given us.   This is a day that the Lord has made!  Let us rejoice and be glad in it!

 Peace, Light and Love . . .

CordieB.

 

Top 10 Ways Christians (Including Me) Tend to Fail:

Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of information regarding Christianity and false prophets, etc.  Yesterday, I read Ingrid’s  blog entitled, Yep, He meant Everyone; (and I do agree with Ingrid on most of her points);  I’ve received so many other emails on this subject, and  I received this email today  (It sounds more like hate mail, and is quite hateful in tone).

> Subject: Oprah & Friends to teach Course on New Age Christ> ________________________________>> For those who like watching Oprah, and think she ‘does so much good’,> go to the following link. If this doesn’t make you ‘rethink’ your> opinion of her, don’t know what will.>

> You can see Satan’s hand all over this. This is how cunning he is. And

> to accomplish his goal, he doesn’t mind being patient to work his way.

>

> ‘Oprah’ has spent, what, the last 10 years or so building her

> reputation to the point that almost anyone and everyone listens

> intently to what she says, to her view points on everything. And most,

> if it comes from her, hey, they go for it whole hog. Years of ‘doing

> good’ for people – giving away cars, building schools in 3rd world

> countries, all kinds of ‘good deeds’ that has built her up in the

> publics mind. Now that she has this ‘good’ reputation and is in this

> prestigious position of media power (Queen of the Media as she is

> referred to), she’s bringing out the big guns (or is it her?). Like I

> mentioned, go to the link below and read. You’ll understand what I’m

> talking about. Careful watching (and listening to radio show) her

> show, don’t be sucked in by the deception that she’ll be bringing.

>

> Pray all have a blessed evening, and prayers for God’s mighty hedge of

> protection around all.

>

> This is pretty disturbing as so many people “revere” Oprah, what she

> says and what she believes. I rarely watch Oprah myself, but know

> that many do, so thought I would pass this on.

>

> http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/007/smith-oprah.htm

OK.  I read this email, and I clicked on the link to see just what was going on.   

My view:   I have read some of the teaching of “A Course in Miracles, ” and my only concern is that for some people, this course may send them off the deep end.  This course makes us really examine ourselves, our motives, our egos, and our actions.   It should not be tried by those who may be psychologically challenged, or who have a history of mental illness without consultation from a professional. 

As a Christian, I was saddened that we continue to put good people in Hell only because of their affiliations, lack of belief, different beliefs, etc.   Don’t we have anything better to think about or do, (like helping our fellow man) other than damning other people who give so much to better our world.   Do we honestly believe that nonbelievers and untraditional Christians who dedicate their lives helping others are more likely to go to hell than the Christian-child rapist, serial killer who confesses on death row, simply because he’s a Christian?

Since I’m somewhat tired of the dogma and it’s beginning to piss me off somewhat, the words I read yesterday from a fellow blogger and author, John Shore, seemed to be in divine order.  So I shall passeth it on to youeth.

Top 10 Ways Christians (Including Me) Tend to Fail:

1. Too much money.  It seems to me that a rich Christian is an oxymoron. Jesus was fairly abstruse about a fair number of things, but he was crystaline about Christians needing to give their all to the poor. In Luke 12:33, Jesus says, ”Sell your possessions and give to the poor.” At Matthew 19:21, he says, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor.” In Matthew 6:24, he says: “You cannot serve God and Money.” I just don’t see a lot of wiggle room there. And yet, somehow, we all keep finding just enough to allow us to keep all the stuff we love so much.

2. Too confident that God thinks we’re all that and a leather-bound gift Bible.  I’d like to humbly suggest that we spend a little more more time wondering how we displease God, and a little less time being confident that we do.

3. Too quick to believe that we know what God really means by what he says in the Bible.  The Bible is one extremely complex, multi-leveled work. We’re sometimes too quick, I think, to assume that we grasp it. Take this passage, for instance, from Luke 8: 9-10: “His disciples asked him [Jesus] what this parable [of the sower] meant. He said, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that, ‘though seeing, they may not see; though hearing, they may not understand.’” Now, I don’t care who you are, or how many  theology degrees you have, that is one thick thought. And that’s Jesus “explaining” one of the most accessible of his parables! Are we really all that confident that we always know exactly what Jesus meant by everything he said? Wouldn’t just the slightest bit of doubt sometimes be in order?

4. Too action-oriented.  I think we Christians could stand to spend less time acting in the name of God, and more time reflecting on the (ever subtle) majesty of God. More passivity, less activity, I say. More meditation, less machination. More reflection, less correction. More contemplation, less administration. More mysticism, less cretinism. More prayer, less Bayer. More … okay, that’s enough. Sorry. I have rhyming issues.

 5. Too invasive of others generally. It is my personal, humble, no-need-to-send-me-hate-mail opinion that we Christians are sometimes too eager to mix Church with State. They don’t (and again: just my opinion!) belong together. One is good for we Christians; one is good for everyone. As much as I personally would like it to be, America is not a Protestant country. It’s a Catholic country, and a Jewish country, and an atheist country, and a Buddhist country, and a Mormon country, and (yes) a Muslim country. It’s a country for everyone. Religion is a personal, subjective affair for the individual; politics and public policy is an impersonal, objective affair for everyone. Better to keep them separate. Fair is fair.

6. Too invasive of others personally.  We Christians are sometimes too eager to get up into the faces of others about their personal religious beliefs. I know most of us believe that the moment someone who isn’t a Christian dies, that person is immediately herded onto the worst Down Elevator ever, and that we must therefore vigilantly strive to turn everyone who in this life isn’t a Christian into one. Noble sentiment! But what we seem to too often lose sight of is how impossible it is to talk someone who isn’t a Christian into being one. I think maybe we should spend more time “just” living as Christians, and letting God worry about the non-Christians. I’m pretty sure he can handle that job. He saved me, and that phenomenon sure didn’t have anything to do with anyone ever telling me I should become a Christian. Trust me on this: I was saved in spite of Christians trying to save me, not because of them.

7. Too quick to abandon logic.  I think when talking to others about our faith, we Christians too often resort to a language and line of reasoning that leaves good ol’ fashion logic sitting on the ground behind us, waving a sad good-bye. “It’s true because the Bible says it’s true” can’t mean anything to a non-Christian, because (hurt though it does to admit it, I know) it’s such a manifestly illogical assertion. ”It’s true because the Bible says it’s true” is no more a reason for anything actually (as in objectively) being true than was your parents’ old, infinitely frustrating ”Because I said so!” As a logical argument, “It’s true because someone with a vested interest in it being true says it’s true” is Beyond Useless. Why in our dealings with non-Christians we so often fail to grasp that is a total mystery to me.

8. Too fixated on gays and lesbians.  Can we followers of Christ maybe just stop already with the fixating on homosexuality? I know it’s a “hot button” issue. I know we understand our stance on the matter to be unassailably Biblical. I know we’re deeply concerned about the “homosexual agenda.” I know. We all know. Maybe we could just give it a rest for awhile, though? Even for just a week? Wouldn’t that be nice? It’s not like gay and lesbian people are going anywhere. They’ll all be there when we get back. Maybe we could just give them, and us, a rest for a minute.

9. Too insular.  When I became a Christian, one of the things that most amazed me about Christians is the degree to which they tend to hang out only with other Christians. We should stop doing that. How are we supposed to share Christ’s love with non-Christians when we barely knowany non-Christians? Time to widen that social base, I say. (Plus, Christian or not, we still want to throw good, fun parties, don’t we? Well, let’s face it: The pagans have all the good music. We might as well invite a few of them to our next party. Maybe they’ll bring their CD’s!)

10. Too quick to condemn fellow Christians. It’s been my humble, limited experience that too many Christians spend entirely too much time thinking and talking about how wrong the beliefs and practices are of other kinds of Christians. Maybe we should spend a little more time thinking about how all we Christians are the same, rather than how we’re different. Maybe fundamentalist and “liberal” Christians have a lot more in common than we tend to remember, or reflect upon, or celebrate. Maybe if we concentrated a little more on our similarities, non-Christians observing us would have less reason to doubt that, at its core, Christianity is, in fact, all about love.

Written by John Shore, Suddenly Christian.  Please visit John’s site.  He’s truthful, funny, and gives a good dose of In-Your-Face real Christian love.

Peace, Light and Love to you and yours,

CordieB.
 

Faith, Hope and Charity, but above all this is Charity (Love)

There is a message along your right side that speaks about Hope. And, I truly Hope that you will digest that message. However, beyond hope there is Love, which the Bible speaks of as being beyond Faith and Hope. For, after all Faith and Hope is gone, there is remains Love. Love in spirit, love in memories, love in moments, love in kindness, Love in telling the story; Love in continuing the Love.

Don’t get me wrong, Faith and Hope are good in there own rights . However, oftentimes Faith gives way to nothing other than Faith, faith and drizzled out fai…, and sometimes, Hope only lengthens the misery of man.   (I hope I could, I Hope I would, bla bla bla.) There is nothing more pitiful as a man or woman who hopes for a better day without enough sense of passion to help themselves attain there dream. And there are countless of us out there without a dream (Hope). But, guess what? Somebody loves us!

I say this to say, don’t put all your eggs in Faith and Hope, without facing what is truth. Truth can only be only found in Love. You can say, “I have Faith in that or this, or I believe that I can be a helper,  or I have faith in my fellow man” or “I Hope people would…..,”or “I have Faith or Hope that he/she would ……… or “I have Faith or Hope that I could …………………….,

Whatever your Faith is or Hopes are, back them in Love, and only then will the Faith and Hope continue to endure and keep you and your ideals afloat……..

Your ideals are truly only for a season if there is not Love to boot!.

Always remember, when your Faith is questionable and you doubt yourself or God or both, and all Hope is gone, there is always Love to sustain You!

Consider these scenarios ,and put yourself in them for a time and space:

You have put your faith in someone that you dearly love, perhaps a child or dear friend, although he or she has constantly gone the wrong way, made bad choices, and made things hard for you and him/her self. But still you kept the faith that everything would be ok. You have the kept the Faith. And, that is all I have to say about that.

Soon, we realize, that all the Faith in others, other than God doing things in his own time and space gives us hope….

You Hope that he/she will be ok. You have put whatever efforts you knew how to put in, felt was ok to put in, or simply hoped and prayed each night that all would be fine. Your faith was there, and of course your hope was there

Suddenly, and I say suddingy only in the exaggerative way. Because, you’ve already gone though Faith and Hope. But now through all the disappointments, all the toil and termoil; Your love one may even be dead and gone from your world, but there remains Love. Love will keep you from making the mistakes of your past, love will show you that sometimes love is truly hard to deal with, but still it lasts; Love will keep you telling the story about the one (s) or ideas your love ones visioned, and the story will be passed on. Pass love on from the start, and perhaps, we can as Humans eliminate the stages of Faith and Hope. For we will truly need no Faith if we truly love; and there is no need for Hope, if we truly have Love. Because in love there is a knowing that whaever will be will be, and we will still Love, regardless. . . . And what begins with Love will be protected (a form of love) and also set free (another form of love), in its own given time.

You will feel it, whether giving or receiving, if it is real!

Think about it. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ?

Peace always to all ones. And I truly, Love you all too.!

CordieB