January 3, 2014

First things first this morning – I really need to make sleep a higher priority. Psalm 127:2 says “It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.” I need to become more beloved of the Lord. 🙂

I’m really enjoying the – what I call “Reflections”, MP calls “Commemorations” and when it’s said by a priest are called “Sermons”. 🙂  Today’s was about Gladys Aylward, a fascinating missionary to China.  The coolest things happened when people showed they’d been listening to her stories about Jesus, and then expected her to walk her talk – which included calming a prison riot the guards were afraid to stop, and getting a boat to cross a river with a hundred children in the middle of war.  Her story is told in the Ingrid Bergman movie, “The Sixth Inn of Happiness.”

It actually reminded me of the child of a friend of mine, whose family are Baha’is.  Baha’is are taught peaceful methods of conflict resolution, and one day, he attempted to stop a fight between two other boys.  One of the boys turned on him and began to hit him, and he told his mother later that he could not hit them back, as they all knew he was a Baha’i, and if he did differently than was taught, then what good are the teachings, for they would know them to be false.  He was 8 at the time.  Very wise kid.

Walking your talk – it’s not as easy as one would think.  Your talk is the ideal, and to walk in it, daily, hourly, you have to actually *believe*, and have *faith*, and not merely do lip service to the ideals.

Started on acupressure, which is generally going to be combined with the initial lessons of acupuncture this evening.  Tonight was introductions to, with lots of overviews – things I actually already know, but you never know what new things you’ll pick up as you go along.  I will likely keep actual notes on my livejournal, rather than here, once I start needing to take them.

The goal tonight is bed by 11:00.  Oh, may it be so. 🙂

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