|Posted by elevenfive on October 13, 2019 at 9:50 PM||comments (0)|
Imagine trying to take a picture with a camera that can’t focus on anything specifically. After that, imagine traveling with a map keeps changing its picture, right in the middle of your journey. Imagine being a judge in a beauty contest, where the 3 finalists…are triplets! And I think I can imagine how you might feel. Anywhere between 2 to 12 percent of our children today don’t have to image because they live out this experience every day. It’s called Attention Deficit Disorder or A.D.D. And by the end of this quick visual, you’ll have a clear understanding of the mentality and mechanics of A.D.D. So observe on behalf of your children and loves ones because A.D.D is not the problem! It’s the connection between who they are, and what we don’t know, that’s causing our children so much pain… that we really couldn’t imagine.
A.D.D is an attention span deficiency. It’s an inability to discriminate against external stimuli. But for a visual example, allow me to ask you: as a judge in a beauty contest, how can you pick a winner… out of triplets? And the answer to that question is, “welcome to the world of Attention Deficit Disorder,” where everything has the same psychological value across the board. Inside the mind of these special, and sometimes gifted, kids every sound and every color is noticed and experienced equally. And although this actually sounds positive, it poses as a problem whenever these kids need to concentrate. It’s just like the camera I mentioned that cannot focus on anything specifically. Picture taking a picture of task completion, and it’s hard for anyone with A.D.D to smile at that camera. Children with A.D.D are often accused of being irresponsible. After all, everyone understands task completion where you start at a certain point, and you don’t stop until you get to your destination. It’s a lot like traveling! But could you travel to the rhythm of that mysterious map that keeps changing its picture on you and your every move? Welcome to the world of Attention Deficit Disorder. If you have a child who has trouble cleaning their room all at once, can’t seem to finish in one setting, or can’t complete a duty that lacks interest, it is imperative to pay more attention that. Again, the psychological condition and our current unawareness as a society is just too much for our children. Believe me, I know.
|Posted by elevenfive on October 10, 2019 at 1:25 AM||comments (0)|
The Parable of the Visiting Son (Explaining Salvation)
Sunny comes from out of town to visit his father (John 1:29) (Matthew 5:17), only to discover his pop surrounded by police, businessmen, and lawyers (Ephesians 6:12).
"What’s going on?” Junior demands.
"They're taking my home." His father says reluctantly (John 10:10).
"Give ME the debt!” The son yells toward the just-business environment (Isaiah 53:3).
The nosy crowd is astonished, including the father.
"But," the bankers replies, "this is not your problem! (John 18:35)”
The son stands his ground until the banker finally gives in (Luke 22:42). And, with the bill now in junior's name, the son simply reaches in his pocket and pays it off, cash (Isaiah 53:10). And immediately after, many witness the banker and the son wink at each other. To this day, spectators wonder, "Did the banker secretly arrange for this well-timed rescue?" (I John 1:2) (Psalms 22:30)
- Son = Jesus (Son of God) (Son of Man)
- Father = Mankind
- Other Town = Heaven
- Banker = God Almighty
- Secret Wink = Messiah Confirmation
- Nosy Crowd = Pharisees
A Cozy Detective Christian Parable
A posterity shall serve Him.
It will be recounted of the Lord to the next generation
Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint;
But happy is he who keeps the law.
Pride goes before destruction,
And a haughty spirit before a fall.
and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”
"Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill."
saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.”
For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered You to me. What have You done?”
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
I John 3:16
By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
I John 1:2
the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us
Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him;
He has put Him to grief.
When You 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.
He is despised and rejected by men,
A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
|Posted by elevenfive on October 10, 2019 at 1:05 AM||comments (0)|
My fellow believers:
I'm wondering about the automatic annual reflexes to perpetuate the concept of Santa Claus to children. Arguably it promotes Mammon, encourages materialism, and it's all based on child "reverence" from another force who knows whether "you've been naughty or nice!" Children don't depend on Christmas day to have an imagination or believe. They do just fine. Finally, when a child grows out of this belief, everyone just abandons this reindeer ritual. So two quick questions:
- 1. Does Santa Claus actually fit the definition of an Idol?
- 2. Does the concept of Santa Claus actually stunt Faith in Child Development?
"Christmas without the 'Christ' is just a 'mas (miss).'"
Guess the Character?
This article is character inspired by Justin from the Parable of The Hidden Smile in Christian Parables: The Ventriloquist (Book 1) . He was the hide & seek champion who finally found himself!
|Posted by elevenfive on October 3, 2019 at 12:05 AM||comments (0)|
Imagine a store owner phones a very popular customer, with an unusual request:
“Hello sir. Is this Mr. Never Satisfied? I’m the Manager of Customer Service Incorporated. And I’ve been looking at your incredible history of dissatisfactions as a customer. With all the exchanges, damaged returns, and settled lawsuits, Mr. Never Satisfied you’re actually costing us money! So I called to ask you to NOT be our customer anymore.”
Can they do that? Is this “just business?” A toxic relationship can mirror this dilemma. It’ll actually cost you if you stay with this Never Satisfied customer. Don’t bankrupt yourself. Healthy friendships and real love should always make a profit in your heart.
Can They Do That?
A toxic relationship depends on manipulation while it’s going. But when facing an actual breakup, narcissistic abuse depends on tradition (even religion) to make their target stay (not love or negotiation). The common denominator is strategy. And this type of insecurity is relentless against its target. As to the story above, the answer to “can they do that?” is an insistent yes, for the sake of your emotional health.
Is This “Just Business?”
Imagine Never Satisfied customer responding to this break up. It will always follow the same confusing rhythm, the same psychological stages of any toxic relationship (as told inside the book). From Gaslighting, to Hoovering, from a Smear Campaign, to their twisted Stonewall intentions, these are the signs of a toxic relationship. And they make up the metaphorical history of Never Satisfied.
They’ll Actually Cost You!
What can a toxic relationship do to you? How can it actually cost you, rather than benefit you as a healthy relationship does? Narcissistic people manipulate cause-and-effect so much that it ruins its target’s self-perception and self-worth. One of signs of narcissist is their eventual seniority over logic and an exhausted spouse, family member, or friend.
Undercover Customer Revenge
Harder to imagine is this Never Satisfied customer disappearing without a fight. If you already read the book, you know why. And you know what to expect. It starts with a psychological performance of the The Flying Monkeys inside the book’s riddle.
The objective of a Flying Monkey is unfortunately at all costs. These alleged peacemakers reason how to aim their approach with these realities:
- Narcissists never listen. Instead they only care about winning and losing.
- Targets do listen. They are sensitive to your point-of-view, even if they disagree.
So their decision is easy: approach the Target. But here’s where it gets hard: the target is rarely at fault at all (opting out is their right!). And with nothing to change about the Target, the relentless nature of the Flying Monkey becomes an unfair method: getting the innocent Target to listen to and believe the tricky gaslighting, as mentioned in the book. And they’ll do it over-and-over again unless or until the Target recognizes that this so-called, concerned, alleged peacemaker is actually working on commission for their original pain-maker: the narcissist.
By the way, the story’s Manager of Customer Service Incorporated is you! Protect your heart at all costs. It’s “just business.”
“The distance between U and I in Communication varies by perception” - Jwyan C. Johnson
Guess the Character?
This article comes from Officer Wolfe from the cozy-mini mystery The Shotgun's Wedding.
|Posted by elevenfive on October 1, 2019 at 8:45 PM||comments (0)|
Thomas was the curious patient who tip-toed away from Lady Luck to another land higher and deeper: Faith. This story is from the collection of new Christian Parables called Faith and The Blindfold. If you haven't read this parable yet, get it free today on any eBook or Kindle Device. You'll experience the same 17 scriptures in our story order, and in our animated way (called WordPlay!). Family Skits, Symbolism, and Book Discussion Question are all included. Enjoy! But don't tell your friends the surprise ending, okay?
A man's free will can actually be a disadvantage if they have the wrong self-perception because "as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he (Proverbs 23:7)." Doubt limits potential to succeed and increases your appetite to worry. And this will cause you to redefine your boundaries, and mistake every grape for a sour grape. And without knowing it, you've outfoxed yourself into a realm of doubt! Ready to outsmart this dilema (like Dedra did from her story)? Ready to overcome a faith phobia? Begin with biblical reflexes here:
Scriptures on Faith
I Corinthians 2:5
That your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God
I Corinthians 16:13
Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.
II Corinthians 1:24
Not that we have dominion over your faith, but are fellow workers for your joy; for by faith you stand.
II Corinthians 5:7
For we walk y faith, not by sight.
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.
Above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.
I John 5:4
For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world: our faith.
So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, “Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.
I Peter 5:9
Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experience by your brotherhood in the world.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.
It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
I Thessalonians 3:7
Therefore, brethren, in all our affliction and distress we were comforted concerning you by your faith.
II Timothy 4:7
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race. I have kept the faith.
Faith & The Blindfold
A Cozy Christian Mini-Mystery
|Posted by elevenfive on September 30, 2019 at 11:25 PM||comments (0)|
The Israelites went from slaves in a stranger’s land to owners of their own land. And in the middle of this journey was the wilderness: God training ground of choice. Part of Leviticus is the economic training to ensure His people aren’t enslaved again by money. This is where another obstacle today gets in our way. It’s a success “checker” called The Lender.
The reason we should “lend and not borrow” is because “a borrower becomes a slave to its lender (Proverbs 22:7).” So I offer you spiritually responsible method called The Dominion Plan. It's a fun and spiritually responsible way to balance a lifestyle, maintenance the heart, and never face this finance “checker.”
Begin with this simple question: can you make it with only 70% of your income? I'm talking about staying out of the wilderness. If the answer is no, make some adjustments to get to that point before you continue. You can cross examine some of your spending habits, work extra hours, or practice more minimalist living. Any reasonable sacrifice will be worth it.
We’re gonna divide your income into 4 percentages: 10-70-10-10.
For…you guessed it!
The first 10 percent is inspired by Jacob after he received the blessing, and once celebrate by King David as a process off of “God’s giving hand,” we’re talking about tithing. And that is my story in Book 1. You guys remember me in The Parable of The Invisible Car Pool right? How was my performance?
For The Wilderness Reflex
70 percent of your income is to live basic and humble. Anything you buy that you feel tempted to advertise to your friends doesn't fall into this category. You’ll learn why in a second. The method is gonna substitute Retail therapy, your gambling, and your costly escapes.
Twist the Familiar
Find out the amount your local bank charges for overdraft fee in checking account. And this same amount is now your fee to yourself! You’ll be saving up 10 percent of everything you make in cash form, letting it build. And whenever you’re in need, borrow from yourself prepared to repay it in cash with the overdraft fee first chance you get. Any inability to do this on time doubles you penalty. And your own IOU get bigger than your ability
See this way you hold every new desire accountable, measuring against all you accumulated labor. This will restore and maintain your dominion. You’ll master your servitude for one Master only. Remember, you can’t serve both God and mammon. You’re basically betraying the lure of money and building it up to please God. This will maintain your resistance to temptation. Use this method as a head start to actively pleasing God.
Invest in Something You Didn't see Coming!
Life is about finding purpose, setting goals, believing in and owning yourself. Just as we “are the salt of the earth,” these experiences are arguably the “flavor of our lifestyle.” Without it, we go from flavorless, to bitter, to spoiled. Any routine that demands a break from these 3 things is just emotional abuse. That’s why it’s important to set money aside for you to invest in you, without built up psychological pressure. This way, the reflex of retail therapy is over! Here are a few suggestions:
- Hobbies: advertise your business or hobby
- Singers: buy some studio time
- Artists: advertise your work on bigger platforms
- Learners: buy a fun college course
Whatever you choose, it should maintenance your potential. Invest in a “Sabbath day” away from consistency of how public opinion’s defines you. And your faith won’t have so much pressure! How about being inspired and/or being an inspiration without the debt? Your character will continue to be defined, taking nothing away from the other categories. It should be a vacation away from your cycle. Believe me 10 percent will never seem too costly on the inside.
What will happen?! And every step you take to you potential becomes a platform out of the wilderness and into your Promised Land.
This advice is free Christian love from the Taxi Driver character in Christian Parables. But feel free to buy me lunch with a small donation. Congratulations in advance on owning this new platform referred to as "you!"