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There is a peace that surpasses all understanding because it is everlasting and comes from the Creator, who is the source of peace. If we were to understand peace, than it would only be a temporary feeling, but our Father offers us more than just a feeling that lasts a short time, He offers us Himself and asks that we be with Him in this moment. When we are able to live, love, and have hope in the moment, we can strengthen our faith and have just enough peace and joy to get us through the next moment as well as the next and so on and so forth. The Bible is an excellent place to start. Proverbs 16:9 says, “In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.” Further along in Proverbs 20:24, “A man’s steps are directed by the LORD. How then can anyone understand his own way?”

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33

“Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.” Psalm 37:5

“The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace.” Romans 8:6

“Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.” 1 John 2:15-17

“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:17-18

Let us not dwell on the past or worry about the future, but let us fix our eyes on our Father and allow His Holy Spirit to guide us every millisecond for every thought and every action from now on to eternity. I would like to take this opportunity to go deep turning some complex mathematics into simple equations where if I can grasp these than anybody can understand the formulas in this entry. When I first began my research on time measurements, my only understanding was milliseconds with no knowledge of what comes before that. My mind was completely blown away by the shortest and largest capacity of numeric value, especially with their Greek origin.

To help the SI units apply to a wide range of phenomena, the 19th General Conference on Weights and Measures in 1991 extended the list of metric prefixes so that it reaches from yotta- at 1024 (one septillion) to yocto- at 10-24 (one septillionth). Yotta is the largest decimal unit prefix in the metric system, denoting a factor of 1024. It has the unit symbol Y. The prefix name is derived from the Greek οκτώ (októ), meaning eight, because it is equal to 10008. Yocto comes from the Latin/Greek octo (οκτώ), meaning “eight”, because it is equal to 1000−8. So, what is so special about the units mentioned? Well, the numbers 8 and 24 both have important symbolism.

The number 8 is the number expressing the matter, it is also the symbol of the incarnation in the matter which becomes itself creative and autonomous, governing its own laws. It is the number of the perfection, the infinity. In mathematics the symbol of the infinity is represented by an 8 laid down. It is the number of the balance and of the cosmic order, according to the Egyptians. It represents the earth, not in its surface but in its volume, since 8 is the first cubic number. The Pythagoreans have made the number 8 the symbol of the love and the friendship, the prudence and the thinking and they have called it the Great “Tetrachtys”. In mathematics, the Pythagorean Theorem, also known as Pythagoras’ theorem, is a relation in Euclidean geometry among the three sides of a right triangle. It states that the square of the hypotenuse (the side opposite the right angle) is equal to the sum of the squares of the other two sides. When you take in the fact that our God is a Triune God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit), the relation of numbers have a meaningful purpose.

The number eight in the Bible signifies Resurrection and Regeneration. It is the number of a new beginning.  Eight is 7 plus 1 and since it comes just after seven, which itself signifies an end to something, so eight is also associated with the beginning of a new era or that of a new order. In the bible one can find many examples which bring forth and which associate the number eight with a new beginning. Boys were to be circumcised on the 8th day. The number 8 symbolizes circumcision of the heart through Christ and the receiving of the Holy Spirit (Romans 2:28-29, Colossians 2:11-13). Those in Christ are becoming a new creation, with godly character being created by the power of God’s Spirit (2 Corinthians 5:17, Ephesians 2:10; 4:23-24).  There are eight beatitudes in the sermon on the mountain that can be found in Matthew 5:3-11).  After the 7 weeks of the spring harvest, the next day, the 50th day, is Pentecost. This day is also the eighth day of the seventh week. This 8th and 50th day combination pictures the first resurrection when the saints will be raised from the dead and made immortal (1Corinthians 15:20-23, John 3:3-12, Revelation 20:4-6). After the 7 days of the Feast of Tabernacles there is an 8th day, called the Last Great Day.  The New Testament was penned by only eight men.  Eight is the number of Jesus, whose name in the Greek adds up to 888. Jesus showed himself alive EIGHT times after his resurrection from the dead. His first appearance alive was to Mary Magdalene (Mark 16:9-11). He then showed himself to two disciples traveling to Emmaus (Luke 24). Next, he appeared to all the disciples except Thomas (John 20:19-24) then a week later to all of them when Thomas was present (John 20:26-29). According to the apostle Paul, Christ also was seen by 500 believers at one time (1Corinthians 15:4-7). Jesus also met his disciples at the appointed place in Galilee (Matthew 28:16-17) and on Galilee’s shores (John 21:1-24).  His final meeting was on the Mount of Olives, where he gave his followers instructions before ascending to heaven (Acts 1). The eight steps of the staircase leading to the external square of the Ezekiel’s temple.  Ezekiel’s Temple is a Jewish Holy Temple architecturally described and prophesied in the Book of Ezekiel, a house of prayer for all people with a sacrificial service. It is noted by Ezekiel as an eternal edifice and permanent dwelling place of the God of Israel on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

The number 24 is associated with the priesthood. Since it is composed of a multiple of 12, it takes on some of 12’s meaning (which is God’s power and authority, as well as perfect foundation) except in a higher form. Twenty-four, therefore, is also connected with the worship of God, especially at the temple.  The number 24 has significance in the book of the Revelation, where mention is made of “twenty-four elders.” These elders most likely represent the church as represented by the twelve tribes of Israel (or the twelve sons of Jacob) and the twelve apostles. Every time they are mentioned the book describes them as falling on their faces and worshipping God. So the only real significance we can get from that number is that we ought to be humbling ourselves and praising God.

Psalm 72 lists 24 things that Jesus Christ, as High Priest after the order of Melchizedek, will do when He sits upon His throne and rules as King and Priest during the Millennium:

  1. He will righteously judge the people
  2. He will judge, with justice, the poor and needy
  3. Peace will be brought by the mountains
  4. Small hills shall also experience peace
  5. He shall judge the poor
  6. He shall save the children of the needy
  7. Those who oppress will be crushed
  8. He shall rule like rain upon grass
  9. He shall rule like the water that showers the globe
  10. He will cause the righteous to flourish
  11. He will bring the righteous an abundance of peace
  12. He shall rule from sea to sea
  13. He shall rule from the river unto the ends of the earth.
  14. When he hears the needy cry out he will deliver him
  15. The poor and those who have no help will also be delivered
  16. Those who are needy and weak will receive compassion
  17. The lives of those in need will be saved
  18. The needy who are oppressed and experience violence will be redeemed
  19. The blood of those in need will be precious in His sight
  20. He will cause an abundance of grain on the earth
  21. He will bring an abundance of fruit
  22. He will make those of the city flourish like grass
  23. He will make His name to be continued
  24. He will bless all men
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Year of Firsts

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There is an adage expression that says “there is a first time for everything.” Normally when people say that, it is usually expressed with some excitement or the last words as someone jumps off from the top of a ski lift for the first time with help from their friends of course.

(With A Little Help From My Friends by Joe Cocker) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCrlyX6XbTU

On the other end of that expression is grief centered with a first time for everything after losing a loved one. A first event, first holiday, first birthday, first anniversary…This blog entry is about my experience over the last 5 months.

(Say Amen by Finding Favour) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfWaMVh4dZM

The first mother’s day was not as hard since it was not that long after my mom’s passing. The full acceptance did not fully sink in. The first fourth of July was a little more difficult. Watching fireworks on the roof by myself, remembering the good times of the past when my mom and I watched fireworks and even shot off our own on some of the years. I just recently had my 30th birthday and unfortunately, it was my first birthday without my mom. The closer the day got, the more discouraged I became. I was not getting too much sleep, I had been eating more and exercising less, I have had a lack of motivation to do anything. I just recently came to the realization that it has been with my self-centered attitude that I have dug myself right into a pit, burning those metaphorical bridges rather than expanding them to anyone and everyone who would most likely would have helped me through these stages in life if only I would have spoken up about the situations and asked directly for help. This life is a journey and people in your life were strategically placed there only for a specific amount of time.

(O’Lord by Lauren Daigle) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHp585tdIjQ

We are here by grace and until we fully comprehend that concept, we will never be as productive as we were created to be. Every day is a gift, what are you doing with it? That is a question that I confess have not been asking myself much. What are people saying about you now when you are alive? What will they say about you when you are gone? What do you need to change in order to leave a more positive legacy for those who knew you to carry on with them as they continue living?

(How Can It Be by Lauren Daigle) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wt5X91ciE6Y

I came across a note that was in between some old school work and disciplinary papers from my middle school. My mom had written it and placed it there and the contents of that note expressed how proud she was of me to watch me grow up and she apologized for not being too open with me about her life, the things she had gone through and how those had developed the hopes and dreams she had for the future. At the end she said that if she were to die she just wanted to let me know that I was loved. That got me thinking of how great and strong love can be. In the midst of imperfections, love pulls rank and strengthens the bond. I came across a few statements over the internet that fit right in, “Grief never ends but it changes. It’s a passage not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness nor a lack of faith…It is the price of love. Grief changes us, the pain sculpts us into someone who understands more deeply, hurts more often, appreciates more quickly, cries more easily, hopes more desperately, loves more openly. Grief can be a burden, but also an anchor. You get used to the weight, how it holds you in place. Hold on to the love, not the loss.”

(Just Be Held by Casting Crowns) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIZitK6_IMQ

If you meddle with your wounds, not only will it prolong the healing process, it will make the wound in worse shape. If you focus on the problem, you will get lost in darkness, but if you focus on the answer, you will be walking in the light. If you focus on the truth, no lie can take you down. John 14:1-7 says, “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.  And you know the way to where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”

(Trust In You by Lauren Daigle) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_aVFVveJNs