• adjsanctified
• adjhappy
Synonyms for blessed
adj sanctified
• adored
• beatified
• consecrated
• divine
• enthroned
• exalted
• glorified
• hallowed
• redeemed
• resurrected
• revered
• rewarded
• saved
• among the angels
• holy
• inviolable
• sacred
• sacrosanct
• spiritual
• unprofane

We could go on! I just wanted to point out: “God bless you!”
Where from? Did you sneeze? What is it based on?
I am sure this has passed many a mind with few if any looking to see where this was derived.

On the surface:
One of the symptoms of the plague was coughing and sneezing, and it is believed that Pope Gregory I (Gregory the Great) suggested saying “God bless you” after a person sneezed in hopes that this prayer would protect them from an otherwise certain death. The expression may have also originated from superstition.

Good manners dictate that every sneeze should be followed by some variation of “bless you.” Whether it’s a wall-shaking nasal explosion or a dainty achoo, no sneeze is complete without it. But have you ever wondered why we do it? (Other than the fact that mama raised us right, that is.)
Unfortunately, the true origins of this bizarre social convention are a bit murky. But there are plenty of fascinating guesses, and not surprisingly, most of them are based heavily on superstition.
The most popular theory is that it originated in Rome when the bubonic plague was ravaging Europe. Sneezing was one the plague’s main symptoms, and it is believed that Pope Gregory I suggested that a tiny prayer in the form of saying, “God bless you” after a sneeze would protect the person from death.

Another, more superstitious theory, is that it stems from the ancient belief that a sneeze might accidentally expel the spirit from the body unless God blessed you and prevented it.  Other cultures thought that sneezing forced evil spirits out of the body, leaving others exposed to the wandering spirits. A blessing was to protect both the sneezer and those around him.

I wanted to point this out. Power of the tongue!
Here are ten fabulous verses to keep in mind—or to cement in mind by memorizing them—that can help you watch your words so they don’t do damage to others, to yourself, or to God.
1. Words from the mouth of the wise are gracious, but fools are consumed by their own lips. (Ecclesiastes 10:12)
2. Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech. (1 Peter 3:10)
3. Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. (James 1:26)
4. May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. (Psalm 19:14)
5. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. (Colossians 4:6)
6. Do not let your mouth lead you into sin. (Ecclesiastes 5:6)
7. Set a guard over my mouth, LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips. (Psalm 141:3)
8. Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. (Ephesians 4:29)
9. Before a word is on my tongue, you, LORD, know it completely. (Psalm 139:4)
10. Though you probe my heart, though you examine me at night and test me, you will find that I have planned no evil; my mouth has not transgressed. (Psalm 17:3)

Watch your words and hold your tongue; you’ll save yourself a lot of grief.
Is this in The Bible?
Proverbs 21:23

“But no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.”
James 3:8

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.”
Proverbs 18:21

Power of the tongue?
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
Romans 10:9

Unto salvation! Glory!!!

Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
Proverbs 18:21

With your words, you are made and/or broken. In the temporal sense – manageable.
In the Spiritual sense – ALL WAYS!

In sharing recently, it came to me that words spoken define us! So many places to go with this, but to stay focused. WHO are you?

Wow! Our acts, works, activities define who and what we are! Even after we are gone, we are remembered for what we did and how it was done! Going
Going deep for a second! Where do your memories go? What becomes of them?
You are defined by the word of your mouth and the work of your hands!

So, where does what defines you go?

Ok, ok, ok…many assumptions are made. IF there is a God, What defines God? I ask this plainly!

ALL The Bible “stories” speak of The Acts of a Central Force in the world!
In all religions, there is a central entity. What defines The Central Entity is what has been done! Just as what we do defines us.

Sacred Texts Of Major World Religions
Almost every school of religious thought and belief has its own central texts to guide its followers.

A well-preserved copy of the Dao De Jing, one of the authoritative texts of Taoism.
Religious texts are those sacred and central to the teachings of almost every given religion. They are significant as these texts convey spiritual truth, establish connection with the divine, foster communal identity, and provide the promotion of mystical experiences and spiritual practices.
Significant Religious Texts of Major Religions
Baha’i Faith: The Seven Valleys and The Four Valleys
These are two distinct texts of the Baha’i faith written that were by Baha’u’llah, the founder of the Baha’i faith. The Seven Valleys, written in the year 1860 in Baghdad, explains the journey of the soul through seven stages of life that focus on finding the right path. The Four Valleys, written in the year 1857 in Baghdad states qualities of the mystical wayfarers as the observance of laws of religion, journey to God by using logic and reason, with love of God and journey through reason, obedience and inspiration.
Buddhism: The Tipitaka
The Tipitaka was written around 1st century BCE, and is authoritative mainly in the Theravada Buddhism. Their focus is on the dress code, certain dietary rules to be followed, and the teachings of the Buddha.
Christianity: The Bible
The Bible is considered divine inspiration that records the relationship between God and humankind. The sacred text dates back to 4thCentury from when copies have been preserved in the Vatican Library, and includes the holy writing related to Jesus. It is regarded by Christians as the inerrant word of the God.
Hinduism: The Vedas and The Upanishads
The Vedas in their written form were compiled around 4,000 to 6,000 years ago. It includes the original texts known as Mantra and the commentary portion as Brahmana. It includes four Vedas with teachings, like the procedures of wedding in the Rig Veda, sacrificial rites in the Yajur Veda, chanting of songs of praise in the Sam Veda, and philosophical and political issues are a part of the Atharva Veda. The Upanishads, also known as Vedanta, are considered as ends of Vedas, and are spiritual contemplation of the same.
Islam: The Quran and The Hadiths
The Quran in Islam is regarded as the word of God that is revealed to Muhammad, and the Hadiths contains the saying of the Muhammad and his followers, as this is a kind of narrative. These are authoritative texts in Islam.
Jainism: The Agamas
The Agamas are based on the tirthankara, which is itself related to the body of doctrines that come through authoritative teachers. These are fixed truths and a tradition without any discernible origin.
Judaism: The Tanakh and The Talmud
The Tanakh is a collection of Jewish texts, and some of its source material serves as the basis for the Christian Bible’s Old Testament. Many of the same divine teachings from the Bible are recorded in it. In the Talmud, rabbinic teachings are described which tell about the meaning of work and the prohibition of different types of work.
Shintoism: The Kojiki
This text, first translated into English in the year 1882 and first written in Japanese, is a record in the Shinto religion which explains the customs, ceremonies, and magical practices followed in Japan by Shintos.
Sikhism: The Guru Granth Sahib
This sacred text, first compiled between the years 1563 and 1606 by Guru Arjan, the fifth Sikh Guru, also includes the teachings of 13 Hindu Bhakti movements’ saints, and two from Islam.
Taoism: The Dao De Jing
It is a Chinese philosophical text, authored by Laozi in the 6th Century B.C.E. The Dao De Jing denotes many of the most important philosophical teachings of the religion in 81 chapters.
Wicca: The Book of Shadows
The text includes magical rituals found in the Neopagan religion known as Wicca. The Wicca movement proliferated in early 20th Century England, and has now spread across large parts of the English-speaking world.
Zoroastrianism: The Avesta
The Zoroastrian Avesta includes the law, teachings, and liturgy from the prophet Zarathushtra, and includes hymns, prayers, and minor texts.

I am aware that we have moved afar, but that is what defines life! Who and what you are!
I cannot state it any clearer!

I humbly state: ‘To each, their own.” What defines you is what you practice and/or believe.

In opening the doors, a floodgate of beliefs attitudes and thoughts will be released. Let them flow!


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