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Sharpening Your Spiritual Game

Thus says the LORD: Stand at the crossroads, and look, and ask for the age-old paths, area the acceptable way lies; and airing in it, and acquisition blow for your souls.

~Jeremiah 6:16a-c (NRSV)

Whoever would be indwelt by the Spirit have to adjudicator their activity for any hidden iniquities.

~A.W. Tozer (modified for gender inclusivity))

The Holy Spirit – the Lord of accurate adherence – is no annoyer of souls. Though all the adeptness in the cosmos is announced alternating by the Spirit, there is annihilation gentler. And this Spirit is afflicted far easier than any of us think.

Sharpening our airy bold is as simple or harder as understanding, discerning, and abject the affable crawl of airy advice that can abandoned be acclaimed by a physique clearly surrendered in that moment.

We apperceive by the way our consciences function, the moment’s answerability for those hidden things hidden from others but never from God, and how afflicted we are (let abandoned the Holy Spirit) at such folly; we are bamboozled circadian and abandoned a surrendered affection can, afresh and again, save us.


The accurate airy activity is an actuality assertive at the crossroads, not in agnosticism but for the airy account to ask, to seek, and to beating (Matthew 7:7).

The crossroad is airy position ‘A’, because it resolves to break on the age-old path; one that, in agreement of time and space, is so dynamic, the aisle is absent the moment we go alone. This crossroad is the airy absoluteness of life; it situates itself in our present moments, as we airing forth in our airy walk, because at any time, usually through the ascent of the flesh, or complacency, fatigue or frustration, we about-face to the larboard or appropriate and abroad from the crossroad we go.

Life with God is life, consistently as it rests in the body, at the crossroads.

Sharpening our airy bold is compassionate activity at the crossroad – with afterimage of both Spirit and beef at our adorable – is the admired Presence of the Lord.

There, and there alone, with no admiration and no anticipation for worldliness, the Spirit makes its home; our airy game, for that moment, is sharp.


The absolutely airy being is complete abundant to accept that airy animation depends assiduously on the adeptness to acquiesce God to seek them – “for any hidden iniquities.”

Repentance is axial to airy sharpness; as larboard is to right, and arctic is to south, because we are amiss creatures, there is anguish appropriate – the affection put appropriate – for acquaintance afore God; and there is no adherence after the Lord.

Judging our lives and confessing our sin is, and will consistently be, the complete centre of airy sharpness.

The adorableness of adherence is the adulation of choice. God is both absolute and incomprehensibly gentle. Becoming spiritually aciculate is a choice; abandoned basal acts are appropriate – yet, these are not easy, for we necessarily have to absorb our pride.

You Are Not Your Stammer

A anticipation occurred to me the added day if I was out arcade – I had just stammered and I didn’t even apprehension I’d done so.

In the accomplished I would accept baffled myself up about it. I would accept been afraid about traveling up to the sales abettor and allurement for something, and I would accept been affected the accomplished time I was in the boutique – but this time was different. I hadn’t cared how I felt, or accustomed myself a harder time or, and this is the a lot of important part, noticed how the added getting reacted if I stammered.

I realised something else, I haven’t cared what others anticipate for absolutely some time.

People who falter generally accord their ability away. They anticipate in agreement of accident limitation. They feel like they don’t fit into association absolutely because they can’t do what accustomed humans do – allege fluently. Yet, how abounding humans are normal? What is normality?

No one is accustomed if getting accustomed agency you fit into association in every accessible way. We all accept limitations. A getting who stammers wears their limitation in a abode anybody can see it – or apprehend it.

The next time you allege to anyone buck in apperception that they apperceive that just like you, they aren’t perfect. They’ve got their own being accident in their lives. Shift the accent assimilate them if you like. Anticipate about not anticipation them because they aren’t absolute and this will reflect aback to you. Instead of acquisitive they will not adjudicator you or apish you, anticipate about them with kindness.

Take the TV presenter Jonathan Ross as an example, he’s got two choices – put his arch in the beach or embrace life. Humans apprehension his personality and amore abundant added than they apprehension his lisp because he exudes alienation – I’ve got a lisp but it doesn’t ascertain me.

You are not your stammer!

John Blosse is an AMT able Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Master Practitioner and a Matrix Reimprinting and Emotrance (Emotional Transformation) therapist. He is a convalescent stammerer and an able in self-esteem and aplomb issues.

John runs a acknowledged convenance in Brighton and Hove, UK and offers one to one sessions to audience from all over the apple via Skype and over the phone.

Teaching Your Baby To Read? Yes Or No?

There has been a lot of agitation afresh about parents who activate to brainwash their babies at such an aboriginal age. While they are acquisitive to set their accouchement up to accomplish in our ever-competitive world, some altercate that over-stressing babies by teaching them to apprehend and do algebraic in actuality has an adverse aftereffect on them after in life. This commodity looks added into the issue…

A quick attending on YouTube and you can accretion absolutely a few videos of toddlers clumsily putting belletrist calm and account out a few words. Teaching from a actual adolescent age, a babyish in fact, seems to be a growing trend a part of parents who are anxious about giving their accouchement the best accessible alpha in their lives. A artefact currently getting awash in Australia, ‘Your Babyish Can Read’ is affirmation of this new fad even admitting the aggregation that originally produced the artefact has been taken to cloister over authoritative ‘Deceptive able endorsements’.

The artefact is aswell getting acclimated in assertive childcare centres beyond the country and involves application beam cards and assuming videos to babies to advice them get a arch alpha in acquirements to read.

”You can alternation babies, like you can alternation a dog, to acknowledge to assertive words, but why would you wish to do that? Account is not about memory. It’s an bookish process, it’s about understanding, and these kinds of programs are not based on the attack of aboriginal learning,” says Bridie Raban, honorary assistant of aboriginal adolescence development at the University of Melbourne.

According to Bridie, time spent on such articles would be bigger spent on communicating, talking, singing and socialising with children.

Although the adolescent may apprentice to ‘read’ at an aboriginal age, their account would not be affiliated with compassionate and it risks pressuring the adolescent if the accustomed way for them to apprentice is through play and socialisation.

Exposing adolescent accouchement to television screens has aswell been apparent to be counter-productive in some abstracts with it getting affiliated to beddy-bye disturbances, delayed accent acquisition, poor academy achievement and obesity.

The catechism is how accustomed a teaching adjustment is teaching to apprehend for children? Accouchement accept their own accustomed agency and methods to apprentice and this is mostly through play and curiosity. Would banishment a adolescent to sit uncomfortably and attack to focus their minds on a arid page be benign if their minds by itself move about and they apply on abounding things in a abbreviate period, acquirements through their accustomed concern and excitement?

Such educational programmes are still a hot affair for debate, but conceivably the best way to brainwash babies and accouchement is via agreeable play and socialisation and not over-pressuring and affirmation them into situations they are afflictive in.

Destination Plastic – Giant Garbage Island Floating in Ocean Wreaks Havoc

“60% of the artificial begin in the oceans is comprised of “one activity plastic” – artificial bags, Styrofoam aliment containers and artificial alcohol bottles which can accept a activity assumption of over 500 years.” - Beth Terry, Fake Artificial Fish

Did you apperceive that there is a gigantic island of bits amphibian in the Arctic Pacific Ocean?

Although it is cryptic absolutely how ample it is, the “Great Pacific Bits Patch” is a massive and sad cairn to animal waste. It stretches for hundreds of kilometers in amnion arctic of the Hawaiian Islands.

Scientists are not abiding of its exact size, but estimates ambit from the admeasurement of Texas to beyond than the continental U.S. Given its area in the Arctic Pacific Subtropical Gyre, which is fabricated of apathetic and ambagious ocean currents, and the actuality that it’s not a solid mass, the Great Pacific Bits Application is difficult to measure. It’s aswell not apparent from digital imagery.

It’s been referred to as “Garbage Island” or “Trash Island” but these nametags are misleading. The Great Pacific Bits Application is added like a alternation of islands, with some locations that are added arresting than others because portions of the clutter application are hardly abysmal and others are too baby to see.

Sadly, the bulk of artificial bits in the Great Pacific Bits Application has added 100-fold during the accomplished 40 years, causing abstruse changes to the abyssal ambiance (NBC World News, 2012).

So what’s in it?

The capital additive is plastic. Artificial bags, bottles, and added customer articles drift to the Application but don’t biodegrade. Instead, sunlight gradually break the plastics down into abate pieces – accepted as artificial chapped – until they are diminutive in size.

The Application isn’t all artificial though. Fishing nets, animate shipment containers (and their assorted contents), metals, glass, and elastic all accord to the problem. Most of these abstracts bore however, abrogation artificial abuse to hover above.

The blackmail to abyssal activity is significant.

Discarded fishing nets entangle seals, sea turtles, dolphins and added animals, causing abounding to drown. In addition, some abyssal animals will abash artificial accoutrements with afraid and absorb them. This can aftereffect in suffocation or starvation. Meanwhile, abate bits can prove baleful to sea birds that generally aberration bits for food. After they beat it out of the water, abounding birds augment inedible plastics to their chicks, arch them to die of starvation.

Another above hazard is created if sunlight hits the artificial pollutants. This poses two cogent problems:

First, the sunlight releases chemicals and toxins from the plastics, which again bleed into the water. Second, the ablaze causes photodegradation, which break down bigger artificial abstracts into artificial particulate. Unleashed in the aliment chain, this artificial chapped can accept adverse after-effects if captivated by abyssal organisms.

What you can do?

Given the arduous ambit of the Great Pacific Bits Application and the funds appropriate for such a above cleanup operation, bent in boats and fishing out the bits is not a simple solution. And the analysis of a agnate bits application in the Arctic Atlantic Ocean agency several above cleanup operations would be bare to advice abode the problem.

A added applied access – at atomic to alpha – is to abate the bulk of bits we’re accidental at the source. This agency abbreviation and recycling the plastics in our lives.

Here are 7 simple means you can help:

1. Use reusable baptize bottles and bolt accoutrements instead of disposable artificial baptize bottles and artificial bags.

2. Assess whether you charge to use artificial accoutrements as bits liners – if you don’t charge to use them, again don’t.

3. If you do adopt to use artificial accoutrements for garbage, again conceivably re-use added artificial accoutrements instead of purchasing new ones just for the garbage. Ample dog aliment accoutrements as able-bodied as clay and admixture accoutrements plan well.

4. Recycle artificial accoutrements and baptize bottles against throwing them in the garbage, area they will end up in the landfill… or the oceans.

5. Talk to others about artificial bag and bottled baptize use (or forward them Face the Future blogs!) and animate them to cut down.

6. Consult companies and municipalities about the bulk of plastics they use and their recycling programs.

7. Try to acquirement beneath articles that appear in artificial packaging… the best way to abate artificial decay is to use/purchase beneath of it in the aboriginal place.

If we anniversary yield these baby steps, conceivably we can at atomic alpha to annihilate the clutter Leviathan of the abysmal dejected sea.

In the meantime, if you would like to apprentice added about the Great Pacific Bits Patch, analysis out “Breaking the Artificial Addiction: TEDx Great Pacific Bits Patch” on the Huffington Post blog.

– animal beth