Leviticus, Tattoos, Life

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 I posted this on Fb but wanted to hear some feedback from you all.

So, I was reading an article about tattoos in a Presbyterian magazine [article in comments] and what struck me was how many people get tattoos to honor the dead people in their life.

The Leviticus verse for tattoos is this: 28 “‘Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the Lord.
But, if so inclined, read the entire chapter of Leviticus 19
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Leviticus%2019
To make a long story short….
1. we cannot pick an choose which verses we obey or force others to obey before we love them
2. Please tell me all your tattoos and what they mean to you!!

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Kristina Pasquan
Kristina Pasquan my tattoos are very personal to me. I have bible verses, pieces of bible verses. My sons name in a heart and bleeding heart of the trials we have endured. a ladybug and 3 sunflowers which came to represent the 4 children I killed. i have my 4 recent pets. the sacred road symbol, a beluga whale. all the flowers representing my family. psalm 46:10, ‘in Him I will trust’ in Hebrew. Love in the name of Christ heart and cross., the words saved by grace., rejoice always, Celtic heat and trinity symbol and a pansy. a cross that covers a scar with a hymn verse above it. a dove. a ladybug-my nickname. and i would love to get a bunch of flowers that are in the bible to wrap around my arm band.

Musings on…. Love One Another….. John 13:35

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I was going to write a post about how Christians should love non-Christians and use this verse.

34“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Now, this verse is great, and we should love non-believers, but This verse is Jesus telling the disciples to LOVE EACH OTHER.

THAT is how the world will know they are Jesus’ disciples.

Am I just late in the game or do most people read this verse wrong?

These comparative verses are what caught my attention: http://www.biblestudytools.com/john/13-35-compare.html

While we do a crappy job loving the ‘unlovable’ heathens, we do an even crappier job loving those who are our brothers and sister in Christ. Who believe the same Triune God we do. Who sin, fail and sometimes are quite obnoxious.

We don’t love them. And the world sees this. The world knows if we can’t even love EACH OTHER, we sure as hell can’t and won’t love them.

What is Love?

Love Is Indispensable

1 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 
2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 
3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. 
4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 
5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 
6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 
7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 
9For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 
10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 
11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 
12For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. 
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
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Just Do It!!
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31When he was gone, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man is glorified and God is glorified in him. 32If God is glorified in him,c God will glorify the Son in himself, and will glorify him at once.

33“My children, I will be with you only a little longer. You will look for me, and just as I told the Jews, so I tell you now: Where I am going, you cannot come.

34“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.35By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

36Simon Peter asked him, “Lord, where are you going?”

Jesus replied, “Where I am going, you cannot follow now, but you will follow later.”

37Peter asked, “Lord, why can’t I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.”

38Then Jesus answered, “Will you really lay down your life for me? Very truly I tell you, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times!

 

Helping Others. What Does That Look Like for Me?

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What Do I Want?

What is my desire for the future?

Big Dream:

self sustaining non-profit to help recycle, renew and help others – My Hope Mercantile as a full time job.

Dream:

Vet tech, working part time in clinic or other agency.

Part time critter care business, with more hours being able to spend nights at clients houses.

Part time non-profit ministry

Part time fostering/adopting

[Notice these are all part time things]

be able to take the yearly trip to Yakima and Iowa

Being available to help others

being able to spend time at other non-profits

Life:

minimal time on Hope Mercantile, collect bibles, school to be vet tech, moving, husband transitioning to retirement. minimal time at the critter care business.

Husband told me I could go to school for the end game of getting a job and making money.

I just want to make enough to support my non-profits and have a bit of mad money.

Husband is worried we will be broke when he retires [we won’t, he is just nervous]

I’m not in a good place to make decisions right now with stress from moving, hubby’s retirement and a health concern.

But I wanted to type it all down and try to make sense of it.

Should I switch from vet tech to vet assistant program?

Do I want to work full time +? [no]

Do I want to be committed to just one thing? [no]

Helping others is the goal, recycling, saving, the back room work.

I do not want to be in management, want to be behind the scenes, actually helping people and animals.

How can I have a flexible schedule and make part time money and do all things I want to do?

Am I being selfish that I don’t want to commit to doing just one thing 40+ hours a week?

Right when my husband will be home all the time and we can finally do a bit of stuff together?

I know I have maybe 30 ish more productive years left. and quite frankly, that scares me. I really do not know where all the time went and not ready to die.

I also know I have been blessed to be able to live alone and work when I was younger, felt good to be self sufficient.

Blessed to have had the opportunity to be a stay at home mom. To follow my little dreams of owning my own business.

I know I have helped others, and someday I hope to see the fruit of all that.

If anyone has any advice, I’d gratefully listen

Death Comes Soon to All

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A restless soul, watching death and birth…

1“Man who is born of a woman
is few of days and full of trouble.
2He comes out like a flower and withers;
he flees like a shadow and continues not.
3And do you open your eyes on such a one
and bring me into judgment with you?
4Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean?
There is not one.
5Since his days are determined,
and the number of his months is with you,
and you have appointed his limits that he cannot pass,
6look away from him and leave him alone,a
that he may enjoy, like a hired hand, his day.

7“For there is hope for a tree,
if it be cut down, that it will sprout again,
and that its shoots will not cease.
8Though its root grow old in the earth,
and its stump die in the soil,
9yet at the scent of water it will bud
and put out branches like a young plant.
10But a man dies and is laid low;
man breathes his last, and where is he?
11As waters fail from a lake
and a river wastes away and dries up,
12so a man lies down and rises not again;
till the heavens are no more he will not awake
or be roused out of his sleep.
13Oh that you would hide me in Sheol,
that you would conceal me until your wrath be past,
that you would appoint me a set time, and remember me!
14If a man dies, shall he live again?
All the days of my service I would wait,
till my renewalb should come.
15You would call, and I would answer you;
you would long for the work of your hands.
16For then you would number my steps;
you would not keep watch over my sin;
17my transgression would be sealed up in a bag,
and you would cover over my iniquity.

18“But the mountain falls and crumbles away,
and the rock is removed from its place;
19the waters wear away the stones;
the torrents wash away the soil of the earth;
so you destroy the hope of man.
20You prevail forever against him, and he passes;
you change his countenance, and send him away.
21His sons come to honor, and he does not know it;
they are brought low, and he perceives it not.
22He feels only the pain of his own body,
and he mourns only for himself.”

 

Ministry is…..

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Giving when you feel like keeping…
Praying for others when you need prayed for…
Feeding others when your own soul is still hungry…
Living truth before people when you cannot see results…
Hurting for others when your own hurts cannot be spoken…
Keeping your word when it is not convenient…
Being faithful when your own flesh wants to run away.
-Author Unknown

Frontal Lobe …. The Missing Link?

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So, if evolution is real…. and to an extent it is…

how did brains become so high functioning that we started to believe in gods?

The frontal lobe is the part of the brain that controls important cognitive skills in humans, such as emotional expression, problem solving, memory, language, judgment, and sexual behavior. It is, in essence, the “control panel” of our personality and our ability to communicate.

The bigger the lobe the bigger the skills to live.

So what happened?

Did a noise or movement occur that was unseen or unknown [like a coconut falling from a tree] that convinced man something unseen was making those things happen?

Was it from the need to blame someone else to misdeeds?

Or was it something to believe in, to have faith in?

To tell their children stories or future, past, or consequences for actions?

To me, this missing link is much more important than the ape to man theory.

Also, I looked at my silly dog today and how is he still a dog? and not evolved into a human like me?

how did a more human like gene get integrated into an animal …. we all know how that happens… sex…but how?

Seems more plausible that all species were created then evolved to their surroundings.

Too much to think about, especially since we are moving and I’m frantically packing .