Sunday, March 26, 2017

How To Enjoy Time Spent Alone-In Solidarity

When you really think about it-The time spent alone is sort of like your own mini-revival time; a time to reflect, a time for spiritual growth and renewal, a time to be intro; and retro-spective; to go inward and outward. It may even serve to help validate your 'front-of-mind-consciousness. This can be regarded as who you are, whose you belong to, and the concentration of the shaping and the focus of your 'purpose' and the fore-knowledge of the attributes, ambitions and aspirations of life. which shall be  very important; to becoming all you were created for; and really intended and/or meant for you to be.

How To Enjoy Solidarity: {peace and contentment-The Peace of The Lord}

Here are a few suggestive, tried and proven and/or successful tips>
`Inner peace is an objective, goal and/or desired outcome:
A, First, focus on relaxation: get rest for stimulation to N-Joy!-a good start might be to meditate and read-something that may motivate, inspire and  enrich your life
B, Concentrate on the people in your life that you care about; such as their needs, struggles,  concerns, their present and their future, and how you may be able to come along side to serve them better {i.e. mentor, coach, advise, etc}
C, Self-Improvement; become active with the journal of your thoughts, maybe even try doing some blogs, or compiled a personal-to-do-list
D, Convince yourself how good this shall be for you-since it has both the possibilities and potentials to enhance your thought processes-that allows you to make right choices and better informed decisions-which has the promise of big dividends in the end.
E, Utilizing the time of solitude effectively, to garner results to your advantage. Explore your immediate surrounding more up-front and up-close, discover and visit the nearest museum, check out local parks, library, visit the local cafe, have some coffee, or tea, walk around, and take public transport-take time to observe the general population activities, demeanor and how they behave.
F, Take the realization of this time seriously-as to Validate the Trust in Self, this in retrospect of your 'front-of-mind-consciousness. Give the smart phone a wee break for a while. tell self you need to become un-occupied from the E-devices, i.e. phone, lap top, desk top, texting and engaging in all activity-in that regards for an hour  or so.. and next step is to....
G, Get connected with the hobbies you've been promising yourself you wanna take part in...?
H, I hasten add, this is not an easy task, so i suggest that you ease into it gradually. It would be good to attach the 'front-of-mind-consciousness process, think about it, plan it, set time guidelines and parameters, and then take special care to follow directions, accordingly
In conclusion, be grateful and gracious to the Lord for sharing with you-those family members and friends you care about. Never neglect, or fail to remember to pray for them, to be an intercessor, stand in the gap, for them, seek God's desires, ways and will for them, and ask God to give you wisdom to relate in loyalty and love toward them. This to bring forth revival and spiritual awareness and awakening to your and their land. Let God be Glorified thru you and them. He deserves all the Praise, Honor and Glory! Amen...
Steve Braxton, Blogger, Author, Life Coach,  and Hall of Fame Storyteller, enshrined by "The Chicago History Museum"

Friday, March 3, 2017

Reflections: Ancient times VS Modern Times {Here & Now}

I shall begin this blog with some quotes from the book of Ecclesiastes that was penned by Solomon, who was the son of a shepherd boy that took care of the sheep-but rose to become King of his era in ancient times, his name was David. Also as the saying goes, apples don't fall too far from the tree. Solomon, like his father David also rose to become a King-as well.

Solomon was a peculiar lad, he prayed to God, not for power, fame, fortune, riches or to become wealthy. Instead, thru his prayers of adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication; he petitioned God to be blessed with wisdom and knowledge. His request was granted and he was given great wisdom. And with such blessings came the attributes of power, fame, fortune and wealth. However, in his quest to comprehend and  get a full understanding for the meaning of life, he struggled a great deal-in spite of his fore-knowledge and wisdom. 

"who is like the wise man?
who knows the explanation of things;
Wisdom brightens a man's face;
and changes its hard appearance"

"Words from a wise man's mouth are gracious,
but a fool is consumed by their own lips;
At the beginning their words are folly,
at the end they're wicked madness {reminder of anyone?} 
and the fool multiplies words of no substance" { know anybody w/such traits & proclivities?}

"There is evil and some good in everything that happens under the sun;
The same destiny awaits and/or overtakes all;
The hearts of men, moreover, are full of evil and there is madness;
In their hearts while they live; afterward they join the dead..."

"For the living know that they will die;
but the dead know nothing;
Even the memory of them is forgotten;
Their love, hate, and their jealously have long vanished'
In anything that happens under the sun"

"Now all has been heard;
Here is the conclusion of the matter;
Fear God, never take your eyes off Him;
Strive to keep his commandments;
For this is the whole duty of men;
Surely GOD shall bring every deed into judgment;
including every hidden thing-whether it is good or evil"
It is apparent that Solomon practice a bit of pessimism, he questioned beliefs, and the central Judaism and Christianity beliefs and practices, which led many to reject or ignore him.

Solomon revealed these words:"Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and all the labor that I had labored to do; and behold, all was 'vanity' [meaningless}and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun. And I turned my thoughts to behold wisdom, and madness; and folly: what more can the King's successor do than what has already done"? {Eccles 2:11-12}

Solomon's feelings and emotions at this point exhibits. 'vanity, and vexation of spirit', because in all of his quest of supposedly life's pleasures he found no satisfaction. Here he is revealing that the fulfillment of fleshy desires has been; and shall be; unprofitable.

In conclusion, he finally surmised that his focus would have been better served-if he had kept the pleasures and life enjoyment in perspective with his responsibility to God. Solomon acknowledged that God's hand should have been on his life. He should have exhibited a pure heart in all his actions, and that the 'key' was for him to do it, All To The Glory of God.

Steve Braxton, Bishop of Marketplace Outreach Ministries,
Also Mentor, Life Coach, Blogger, Critical Writer. Author: The Road That Is Difficult To Travel.