from Phantasms

Put God first. Put God first in everything you do. Everything that I have is by the grace of God. Understand that it's a gift. I've been protected, I've been directed, I've been corrected. I've kept God in my life and it's kept me humble. I didn't always stick with him, but He always stuck with me. So stick with Him, in everything you do. If you think you wanna do, what you've think I've done, then do what I've done and stick with God. — Denzel Washington ~ Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/CSIWyJvpqbt/?utm_medium=copy_link

It worked for Denzel Washington. It seems to be working for me. Who's to say it's not going to work for you?

#Quotes #LifeAdvice

 
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from The Refined Sugar Daddy

If a woman has made it to the Setup Date stage in the process (see guide), I’ve already spent a significant amount of time vetting her. I’ve invested time doing a few rounds of messaging in an app which could take anywhere from 2 days to several weeks depending upon her response time. I’ve also left the app and gotten her phone number and we have texted anywhere from 2 days to a week or so. I’ve then setup and conducted the all important video call. It’s after this call that I decide whether or not I’m truly interested in meeting this woman.

I recently had an experience with a candidate, let’s call her Daria, in which all of the aforementioned steps were complete. Our first video call was short but pretty good. She was obviously attracted to me, complimenting me several times. She was a Scorpio and possessed that mysterious dark energy that I find attractive because it’s so much unlike my own. These women can be tricky, I know, but that doesn’t stop me from trying. She showed a healthy bit of curiosity as well in the conversation as she dominated most of it by asking me many questions. She was very calculated and intentional in her approach.

So I setup a date and location to rendezvous. I booked a flight and grabbed a room at a resort. I typically only stay overnight for the first meet if I travel. I’m there to meet, determine attraction, see if there’s any real chemistry, and get back home. The first meet is a trial in my mind. There is absolutely zero obligation for either party to do anything on this first date. There’s no obligation for me to perform any acts of generosity just as there’s zero obligation for the woman to be intimate. That’s my mindset going into every first date.

It was in the second video call that Daria begins to talk about terms, her needs, and expressed the strong desire to have this secured before we meet. I was extremely turned off by this approach as I think it best to only have this conversation after I have met you in person. Here are a few of my reasons for taking this stance.

A Video Call is Not the Same as In-Person

For me, the establishment of a relationship between myself and a woman is not complete until we meet in person. Meeting online doesn’t give you the full experience of truly meeting someone. It’s very difficult to pickup on someone’s energy, their body language, how they smell, how small/big or attractive they truly are, in the digital world. In order for the interaction to feel “real” to me, we have to escape out of the digital world.

I do not recommend that men allow their fantasies and their minds to make up things about the person before meeting them. Your mind can go on a date, see yourself taking trips, holding hands, having sex, and maybe even growing old together and getting married. Your mind will have you creating an entirely different person who is not the person that you had the video call with and planning to meet.

Therefore, you don’t have enough information about the woman and her behavior to make a clear decision about what her value is to you. It’s like trying to buy a piece of property off of a real estate website site unseen. There’s a considerable amount of risk involved. A risk, I’d prefer not to take.

She Could Be Less Attractive Than You Thought

A woman’s beauty has value. That’s what she should bring to the relationship. Every man will value a woman’s beauty differently. It’s not until you’re standing in front of her that you can truly gauge her beauty.

If you’ve followed my advice up until this point, you can be relatively sure that she is attractive. However, there could be things about her body language, her walk, her behavior, the way she treats others, maybe she’s more overweight than she appeared online, maybe she doesn’t smell that good. Whatever it is, it’s unwise to pre-negotiate when you can’t value her beauty based upon your standards.

It’s a Red Flag

I do best with women that are “net givers” as opposed to “net takers”. Some women think mostly about themselves and their needs first and don’t realize that you have to give to get in this world. They struggle to realize that, that is the bedrock of any relationship, friendship, work relationship, or business relationship. It’s all an exchange of value.

Daria, gave me a laundry list of the things that she wanted to do based upon potential acts of generosity. By attempting to secure a commitment before our first meet, she showed me that she’s a “net taker”. She needs to get something before she gives any of her time. It’s a premature move with devastating consequences to attraction for me. She hasn’t showcased her value yet nor has she had the opportunity to properly assess mine.

This sort of behavior is a sign of a more dominant personality and will definitely influence the power dynamic in the relationship. For more submissive men, this is not a problem. But for me, a dominant man, only a submissive or moderate woman will do. I could foresee problems in the bedroom, problems cooperating, and problems in communication in our future. By giving in to her request at this point, I’d be signaling to her that I’d be willing to give something while receiving nothing in return. That’s just not how I move and is a recipe for disaster down the road.

It’s Like Trying to Pre-Negotiate Intimacy

I liken this sort of behavior to me trying to pre-negotiate intimacy with Daria before actually meeting her. Let’s be honest, the highest value that a woman can exchange is her body via intimacy. For a man, it’s his resources via acts of generosity. If I were to begin discussing all of the different ways I’d like to receive pleasure from her while on a video call, and expect her to commit to those, she’d definitely be put-off by that.

This is how I viewed Daria’s behavior. If we turn it around and view it from this angle, it’s clear to see how premature her actions were.

The Proper Mindset for the First Date

The first date is crucial for both parties to determine if there is mutual attraction. For me, that’s important. I don’t treat women like escorts. I don’t have sex with everyone and I certainly don’t have sex with women that I don’t genuinely like. These are my standards (yours could be different). It’s here that I can see how you treat me, if you’re attracted, what your “in the moment” interest level is (I say “in the moment” because this can wax and wain for women), are you receptive to my touch, and a slew of other things.

I recommend that men pay very close attention on the first date. We are trying to assess the woman’s value here. Do not let sexual desire cloud your judgment. For me, if a woman is really feeling me, and I’m doing everything that I usually do to increase sexual desire (because that’s the point of a date), and she decides (she’s never obligated) to be intimate with me on the date, she is of much higher value to me than the woman that doesn’t. Therefore, I will act generously in her favor without her asking based upon the value that I place on her.

If however, we are not intimate on the first date (this is perfectly fine with me too because I had zero expectations to begin with), but the date went very well, this opens the door for us to discuss terms before the next date (provided there is one).

I think it goes without saying that if the date doesn’t go well, both parties go there separate ways and you are under no obligation to do anything more (except pay for dinner, activities, drinks, or whatever else because you invited her out). It was a trial run, you assess her value and deemed it to be low. Therefore, there will be no future exchange. I’d like to add here that if you’ve followed my advice and recommendations, the likelihood that you will have a bad date is very, very small but it can it does happen from time-to-time.

Just Walk Away

I decided after the second video call to shoot Daria a text. I explained to her that I completely understood her perspective. I stated that I thought it too soon to have this discussion and that I would have preferred to have it after we actually met in-person. I informed her that I would be canceling my trip to meet her because I didn’t think we were a good fit. I wished her luck in finding the right person for her.

In situations like these, you must have the discipline to just respectfully walk away. We are men, and we must take decisive action, stand on our principles no matter what, and not let sexual desire get in the way of our decision making. It’s not easy, but do not negotiate or even have a discussion about terms until you meet in person and when you do, be honest and clear so as to properly set expectations going forward.

 
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from G A N Z E E R . T O D A Y

On March 2, 1812, this anonymous verse appeared in the London Morning Chronicle, possibly penned by Lord Byron (opinions vary on this):

Those villains, the Weavers, are all grown refractory, Asking some succor for Charity's sake— So hang them in clusters round each Manufactory, That will at once put an end to mistake.

The rascals, perhaps, may betake them to robbing, The dogs to be sure have got nothing to eat— So if we can hang them for breaking a bobbin, 'Twill save all the Government's money and meat:

Men are more easily made than machinery— Stockings fetch better prices than lives— Gibbers on Sherwood will heighten the scenery, Showing how commerce, how Liberty thrives!

I love the sarcastic tone, very contemporary. Somewhat akin to The Fugs' KILL FOR PEACE in attitude.

On a completely different note, how on Earth can 36 degrees Celsius be “feels like 43”?

#journal

 
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from Roscoe's Quick Notes

I'm going to pay for this tomorrow, for sure. A 45 min. work shift this morning, then one hour and 15 min. this afternoon cutting branches in the back yard, hauling the bigger ones to the front curb, and stuffing the green organics bin with smaller ones.

Fingers, shoulders, and my back are already letting me know: I'm going to pay for this tomorrow.

posted Tuesday, Jul 16, 2024 at ~5:21 PM #QNJUL2024

 
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from G A N Z E E R . T O D A Y

Spent the entire goddamn day speed re-reading this entire book just to locate one single passage I needed for a bit in THE SOLAR GRID.

Frustrating, but necessary. I am however reminded by what a fantastic and well-researched read it is. I doubt this is going to be the last time I utilize Luddite history in a story. It's such a fascinating episode in history. Remember this is just a few years before Mary Shelley started writing FRANKENSTEIN and young Percy was frequenting pothouses. Lord Byron was already a famed poet, having written verse in favor of the Luddites actually, and the Napoleonic Wars were still ongoing.

#journal #reads #work

 
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from Faucet Repair

Inbound

Duty free music somehow sounds good after being with you Guy at a Starbucks table rubs his temples Fresh tattoo under cotton burns a little. Imagined it tripped the security scanner while my painting went through no problem

 
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from Computer Gripe

Battery lifespans are affected by many factors including the ambient temperature they're run in, the speed they're recharged at, and the number of times they're discharged and recharged which is sometimes referred to as the number of cycles that a battery has been through or has capacity for.

By extending the lifespan of your devices you can save yourself money, reduce e-waste, and contribute to reducing demand for limited resources which motivates corporations to contribute to conflict and death in foreign countries.

There are a few things you can do to extend your device's battery life:

  • Keep batteries at cool temperatures
    • Examples: avoid leaving devices in the sun outside, in a hot car, etc.
  • Charge the battery up to 80% and do not allow the state of charge (the percentage your battery is at) to fall below 30% of it's available capacity.
  • Don't fast charge or otherwise overwork your battery if you don't have to.

The second point can be hard to manage manually, and the point of this post is to provide an overview of software that will make sure your device only charges to 80% rather than to 100%.

How it works

(very simplified)

This graphic from Battery University's page on what causes capacity loss represents the unused portion of the battery capacity as “rock content” which increases as the battery ages. As a result the battery will take less time to charge, but require charging more and more frequently until it can no longer be useful for energy storage.

By limiting the total charge to 80% we're effectively keeping a buffer of available capacity within the battery. Here are some resources to help you do this with a few common types of devices.

Phones

For iPhones, I have not been able to find a non-Apple solution to limit my battery charge to 80%, so I must direct you to Apple's in house solutions. For iPhones older than iPhone 15, the best option is to ensure battery optimization is enabled. For iPhone 15 and newer, I'd highly recommend going to Settings > Battery > Charging Optimization and setting the limit to 80%.

I'm glad Apple added the option, but also am disappointed it's locked to the newer phone models.

Above is a screenshot of my iPhone where we can see that the maximum capacity is 86% and optimized battery charging is enabled. This is available on iOS via the Settings app > Battery > Battery Health.

Note: The following Android options I have not investigated or been able to verify myself, but am providing to include as many resources as I can!

For Android phones, Google does have a dedicated support article on which settings to use for battery optimization and specific manufacturers may have their own options available for battery longevity, so this is much more specific to model and make.

Meanwhile the Play store is riddled with third party options, but I don't have the means to test them in a way that I can recommend any one application. For these apps to work they require low level permissions on your phone, so be careful! This article from Gadgets to Use has some recommendations of how you might go about this.

Laptops

This is my laptop after setting a battery limit. The recharge limiting only is in effect when the laptop is on because it needs to be running the application that imposes the limit on the system, so if you do install one of these applications make sure to only charge your laptop while it is running to ensure it will only charge up to 80%.

This also applies if you're using a dock to charge your laptop and hook it up to peripherals such as a monitor, so if you power down your laptop also unplug it!

I've only tested this with an Apple machine; if this caveat varies depending on OS I will update this post when I learn that, but I think this practice is a good general rule of thumb for now.

If your laptop is an Apple machine, Gadgets to Use has an in depth guide on a few options. I'd recommend using either AlDente charge limiter by AppHouseKitchen or at the very least ensuring Apple's battery optimization is enabled on your device.

Note: The following Laptop options I have not investigated or been able to verify myself, but am providing to include as many resources as I can!

For laptops running Windows, there are different options depending on your Windows version and the manufacturer of your laptop. Windows Report has an article with a few common manufacturers which will allow you to not need to install a third party application. If none of those solutions work for you, they also have recommendations for third party battery limiting applications for Windows.

Linux laptops similarly have different options depending on the machine and distro being used, but this article on Baeldung.com provides some instructions for a few different tools, and their second suggestion is TLP which I have read about a few times and seen recommended on forums as a general solution.

Resources for other devices

References

BU-706 – summary of do's and don'ts
BU-802 What causes capacity loss
BU-808 How to prolong lithium based batteries
BU-105 Battery definitions and what they mean
NPR – The fight for Congo's cobalt
Gadgets To Use – 5 Ways to check battery health and charge cycle on iPad
Apple's article on iPhone battery optimization
Google – Get the most life from an Android device's battery
Gadgets to Use – 5 days to stop Android charging after 80 percent
Gadgets to Use – 4 Ways to Limit MacBook Charge to 80% for Battery Health
AlDente download page
Apple's article on Macbook battery optimization
Windows Report – How Can I Limit Battery Charge to 80% on Windows 11
Windows Report – 3 Best Laptop Battery Management Software to Limit Charging
Baeldung – How to Limit Battery Charging in Linux
TLP documentation
Apple's general page on batteries and battery optimization
 
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from Telmina's notes

今月は特殊事情があり、平日長時間残業する代わりに2回平日休みを捻じ込むこととなりました。

 ウチ1回は先週金曜日に取得し、乗り鉄旅行をしました。

 あともう1回、恐らく今週金曜日に取得する見込みです。

 とは言いましても、平日休みを取得しても、前回の乗り鉄旅行と違って平日でなければ出来ずなおかつ現在やる気のあることもない状況です。

 そもそも、私は海の日を含む本来の三連休の時も、天気が悪かったということもある者のずっとだらだらと過ごしておりましたしね。

 先日述べたとおり今後確実に生活が苦しくなるので、また散財旅行をするわけにもゆきませんし。

 引越先の選定を早めにしておいたほうがよいのかも知れません。今でさえ高すぎる家賃をさらに上げられてしまっては、もはやここに住み続けることも出来ませんし。

 もっとも、あまりにも都心から遠いところはさすがに厳しいですし、自分の生活実態を考えるとオートロック&宅配ロッカー付きのマンションは最低条件です。その上で買い物などの利便性も高く住民の質もよい地域がいいな、などと思っています。

 …となると、積みゲー消化はまたしばらくお預けですな。

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This image is created by NMKD Stable Diffusion GUI.

#2024年 #2024年7月 #2024年7月17日 #ひとりごと #雑談 #梅雨 #天気 #仕事

 
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from brendan halpin

(You can read part 1 here, part 2 here, and part 3 here. But you don’t have to!)

A few years back I had a fight on social media with the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, which is located in the neighborhood of Boston where I live. The folks running the place hate dogs, and they put out this story about an unleashed dog killing a great blue heron in the arboretum. Except the story didn’t make sense. It came out that someone had seen an unleashed dog in the area the night before the heron was found. When I pointed out that this “unleashed dog” might well have been a coyote, since we’ve got lots of ‘em in my neighborhood, the arboretum’s social media person replied that it couldn’t have been a coyote because the heron was found in a plastic bag.

Now, this contradicted their initial account of the heron incident which was that the bird was found floating in a pond, but also, their contention seemed to be that folks go on dog walks with great blue heron-sized plastic bags on their person. Which, of course, is ridiculous.

I couldn’t figure out at the time why this made me so angry. But then I figured out that I got similarly angry at stories about sports superstars that were just obvious bullshit. Here’s something we all know: you don’t suddenly get better at sports in your late 30’s. Which is what happened to Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, and the rest of the superstars of the steroid era of baseball. Clemens had been in decline for years and suddenly got great. The press sold us stories about him plunging his pitching arm into a barrel of rice. They also just pretended that Mark McGwire could have just grown into a cartoonishly muscular, michelin-man-lookin dude without assistance.

Ah, but we learned our lesson, right? Nope! People still believe Michael Jordan, a man with a gambling addiction and pathological levels of competitiveness just decided on his own to play minor league baseball because he had nothing left to prove, then came back with a neck 3 sizes bigger than when he left and won championships. Move along, nothing to see here.

I hazarded on social media that Tom Brady was almost certainly juicing, and a bunch of guys jumped into my replies to yell at me that Tom Brady doesn’t eat carbs! Now I believe that depriving yourself of carbs might make you cranky; but there’s no way it keeps you able to compete at an elite level in a violent game against people half your age. Simply impossible. You can’t out-diet or out-train time. Unless you have assistance.

Now, you could argue (As the Simpsons did in the famous “Lisa The Iconoclast” episode) that believing these myths is ultimately harmless. Who cares if Tom Brady cheated? The myth can inspire people, and that’s okay!

Well, I propose to you that it’s not. Because shutting off your critical thinking skills in order to believe bullshit gets you in practice, so that when really dangerous bullshit comes along, you’ll be ready to swallow it.

Fascism runs on bullshit. One way fascists love to flex their power is spouting bullshit and getting people to pretend they believe it. But, sadly, not everyone is pretending. I saw someone argue very sincerely that when Trump mocked that disabled reporter, he wasn’t actually doing what we all know he did.

I recently watched a lot of the trial of Karen Read in Massachusetts, where the prosecution’s case rested almost entirely on trying to make people believe bullshit. Yeah, it sure is weird that a guy could be struck by a car at 25 mph and have no bruising on his body! But that’s what happened! Don’t listen to your pesky common sense—listen to us!

Fascists will continue to sell you bullshit. Not just the “I didn’t say what I said” variety, but also the “when I said that, I actually meant this other thing,” variety. And pretty much every other variety.

So when PR people, the media, or even just people in your life try to sell you bullshit, don’t gaslight yourself. If it sounds like bullshit, and it smells like bullshit, it’s probably bullshit! So call bullshit!

 
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from 01 Echoes

There is a village in Cyprus, an island nation in the Mediterranean Sea, called Lefkara. It is a beautiful place in the heart of the island, filled with lots of small shops and tavernas. Historically famous for its lace (known as 'λευκαρίτικα' in Greek) and silver handicrafts, the pride in these crafts is still palpable there. However, it's also painfully obvious that the highly skilled masters of the past have lost their battle with industrialisation and mass production. Their small shops feel like the last stronghold of the human-made art with their 'handmade' posters all over the place.

I had the same feeling while visiting Side, an ancient city located on the southern coast of Turkey. In 334 BC, they stamped coins for Alexander the Great. Now, they're selling counterfeit “Abibas” goods to European tourists.

That war is long lost, and the heartless advance of globalisation is not the point I want to make now. Instead, I'd like to focus on those 'handmade' posters and what they represent in the digital age.

In an analog world, it's us, humans, who started producing and making stuff first. Then, we invented the technology to do it more effectively and make the stuff more accessible to everyone. Eventually, we gave the means of production away to big corporations and automatic systems.

The same is happening in the digital world with content and AI, but here's the difference — we're trying to highlight the content made with AI using special tags and labels (rightfully so). It's the right thing to do. However, I'm afraid we will lose this battle too, as AI companies don't like to follow any guidelines or respect any guardrails — such as robots.txt.

What if we follow the same path and start labeling content produced by humans and human brains, similar to the craftsmen in Lefkara? If laces and silver can be handmade, what would you call such content? Human-generated? Braincrafted? Soul-sourced?

Just a small idea, and it's fun. In a sense, we're already labeling human-generated content, and it's called a paywall.

 
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from Phil Rowlands

Hello, my friends!

Today, we conclude our journey through Acts. I hope you have enjoyed travelling along with me. In my final post on this wonderful book, we look into the adventurous and faith-filled journey of Paul as described in Acts 27-28. This passage, filled with peril, providence, and divine purpose, demonstrates the steadfastness of Paul and the unwavering faithfulness of God. As we navigate through these chapters, let's uncover the lessons that Paul's voyage offers us, focusing on how God's promises hold firm even amidst life's fiercest storms.

Paul's journey to Rome wasn't a straightforward one. He had long desired to visit Rome, as he expressed in his letters to the Romans (Romans 1:10-15; 15:22-24). However, he hadn't anticipated arriving as a prisoner, accompanied by fellow detainees and his companions, Luke and Aristarchus. The route they took was dictated by the prevailing winds, making a direct journey impossible. Instead, they faced delays and detours, including a harrowing encounter with a violent north-easterly wind known as Euraquilo, which blew them off course for 14 days, leaving them without any sense of direction (Acts 27:14-15).

Friends, imagine being on that ship with Paul. The storm rages, the wind howls, and the ship is tossed like a toy in the waves. For two weeks, they couldn't see the sun or stars and had no idea where they were. It must have seemed like the end. Yet, in the midst of this chaos, Paul emerges as a beacon of hope and leadership. Initially a prisoner, Paul takes charge of the situation both spiritually and practically. He assures everyone on board that they will survive, though the ship will be lost, urging them to take courage based on God's promise (Acts 27:22-25).

What stands out here is Paul's unwavering faith. Despite being in chains, his trust in God's word doesn't waver. He shared God's promise of safety, giving everyone on board a reason to hope. Friends, how often do we find ourselves in storms, feeling lost and without direction? It's in these moments that our faith, like Paul's, can anchor us. When the world around us is in turmoil, we can hold on to God's promises, knowing He is in control even when everything seems out of control.

As the ship neared land, it struck a sandbar and began to break apart. It was every man for himself, yet all 276 people on board made it to shore safely, just as Paul had assured (Acts 27:41-44). They found themselves on the island of Malta, where the islanders showed them unusual kindness, providing a warm welcome and hospitality. During their stay, Paul continued to serve and minister, healing the father of Publius and many others who were sick on the island (Acts 28:7-9).

Friends, consider this: Paul was shipwrecked, bitten by a viper, and yet continued to serve others. His circumstances didn't deter him from his mission. This speaks volumes about resilience and the importance of staying true to our calling, regardless of the obstacles we face. It's a reminder that our trials can become testimonies of God's faithfulness and power.

Upon finally reaching Rome, Paul's mission continued with fervour. He called the Jewish leaders to explain his situation and to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. Some believed, while others remained skeptical. Paul quoted Isaiah, highlighting the prophecy of the Jews' obstinacy and the shift of the gospel message to the Gentiles (Acts 28:23-28). Despite his imprisonment, Paul continued to preach the kingdom of God and teach about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance (Acts 28:30-31).

The story of Paul's journey to Rome underscores two vital truths: nothing can prevent us from doing the will of God, and when we are in God's will, He works all things together for good. Paul's experiences – from shipwreck to imprisonment – illustrate Satan's numerous attempts to thwart God's plan. Yet, each trial Paul faced became a platform for God's glory to shine brighter. This aligns beautifully with Paul's declaration in Philippians 1:12-14, where he explains that his circumstances have actually served to advance the gospel.

Friends, let’s not forget that Paul's writings during his imprisonment have provided immense spiritual wealth to generations. He penned the letters to the Philippians, Ephesians, Colossians, and Philemon during this time, offering rich theological insights and practical guidance that continue to inspire and instruct us today. His ability to find purpose and continue his ministry even in chains is a powerful testimony to the sufficiency of Christ and the transformative power of the Holy Spirit.

Reflecting on Paul's journey, we are reminded of the assurance of God's promises and His presence in every season of our lives. Just as Paul encouraged his shipmates to take heart because of God's word, we too can face life's storms with confidence, knowing that God is with us. Romans 8:28 affirms this truth: “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”

Moreover, Paul's journey teaches us the importance of community and mutual support in times of crisis. On the ship, Paul was not alone; he was surrounded by fellow believers and even non-believers who became part of the unfolding story of God's providence. In our own lives, we are reminded to lean on our faith communities, to seek support and to be a source of encouragement to others. In Galatians 6:2, Paul writes, “Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” This principle was vividly demonstrated in the way the ship's passengers relied on each other and on Paul's faith in God's promises.

Paul's ability to remain calm and take on a leadership role during the storm is a powerful lesson in spiritual maturity and the influence of a strong faith. His confidence was rooted not in his own abilities, but in the assurance that God had a plan and that His word would come to pass. This kind of faith is what we are called to cultivate – a faith that sees beyond the immediate circumstances and trusts in God's overarching plan. Hebrews 11:1 defines faith as “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Paul's journey to Rome exemplifies this definition in a profound way.

The hospitality of the Maltese people also serves as a beautiful reminder of how God's provision often comes through the kindness of strangers. Despite being shipwrecked and stranded, Paul and his companions experienced generosity and care from the islanders. This unexpected kindness facilitated Paul's continued ministry, allowing him to heal the sick and share the gospel. It reminds us that God can use anyone and any situation to provide for His people. Hebrews 13:2 encourages us, “Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.”

As Paul continued his journey and eventually reached Rome, his determination to share the gospel never waned. His situation in Rome, though restrictive, became another platform for ministry. Under house arrest, he received visitors and boldly proclaimed the kingdom of God. This relentless pursuit of his calling, despite his circumstances, is a testament to Paul's unwavering commitment to Christ.

In conclusion, Paul's journey to Rome is more than a historical account; it is a beautiful example of faith, resilience, and divine intervention. It teaches us about the importance of trusting God's promises, the power of community, the impact of unwavering faith, and the surprising ways God can provide for and use us. As we reflect on these lessons, let us be inspired to navigate our own life's storms with the same confidence and trust that Paul exhibited.

Be blessed today my brothers and sisters, as you meditate on these truths. May Paul's journey inspire you to trust in God's promises, embrace His purpose for your life, and remain steadfast in faith regardless of the storms you encounter. Remember, we serve a God who is faithful, who turns our trials into testimonies, and who works all things for our good and His glory.

Phil

 
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from phyl

When you want to start your .com empire.... But you really don't have the time.

I go through phases where I think I can build all the websites I want, in a single day. Then reality kicks in.

I work a full time job and care for my partner, so what time I have left, I just want to sit on the sofa and veg out.

Hopefully I'll have motivation to write random stuff here

Here's to many more failed projects.

 
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