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The Deeper Spirituality Of Gravestone Markers

Posted by on Jul 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Deeper Spirituality Of Gravestone Markers

The tradition of marking the grave of a loved one in order to show respect for the dead and provide a place for the living to visit and remember reaches back centuries. In fact, hundreds of years ago in North America some Indian tribes built large mounds out of earth, rock or timber that served as monuments to the dead. Grave markers have changed significantly since then, however the long tradition has served to create a world of symbolism. There are many emotional and spiritual symbols that can be engraved onto headstones to represent the dead in a deep and meaningful way. The Meaning behind the Engraved Anchor Symbol The anchor is a common symbol that is engraved onto the headstones of sailors. The idea behind it is not purely to symbolize a ship or the great ocean in which they spent a lot of their life. It is meant as a symbol of eternal life. The anchor is meant to secure them to their next spiritual plane, providing them with peace and happiness. There is also another meaning of the anchor symbol. Having been regularly discovered on the graves of Masons, it is thought to be a Masonic symbol that promotes well-grounded hope. The Symbolisation of the Engraved Book The reasons behind this symbol are quite extensive. In many cases, it has been found on the graves of ministers and clergymen and is thought to represent the Bible. However, it is also a symbol that is applied to people who have devoted their lives to learning and knowledge. Furthermore, a much deeper and less literal meaning is when the symbol is used to represent an individual’s good deeds throughout their life. The book is used in this situation because it represents all of these deeds being recorded in the book and life and therefore enabling them to move freely into Heaven. The Emotional Representation of the Broken Bud Any symbol on a gravestone carries an element of sadness as it being there in the first place represents a life that has been taken. However, the symbol of a broken bud is one of the most emotional symbols that can be seen. The reason for this is that it represents an untimely death. As can be expected this can regularly be seen on the graves of individuals who have died at a young age. However, it can also be applied to people who have been involved in fatal accidents or who have had their lives stolen due to criminal acts. For more information about common gravestone symbols and which are appropriate for your loved one, talk to a company that makes gravestones, such as Palmer Bros Granite...

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Tithing And Charity: Learning About The Many Subcategories Of Non-Profit Organizations For Children You Can Donate To

Posted by on Apr 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

As a religious or spiritual person, you may feel compelled to give your time, money and/or resources to a good cause. However, there are dozens of non-profit organizations for children, making it very difficult to choose what you should support. You may consider turning to God in prayer for help deciding where to donate your time, resources, and/or money. As you wait on His answer, here are the subcategories that formulate the many children’s charities, which should help you become more familiar with them. Poverty This is a generalized category, but many religious and spiritual-based children’s charities address a number of poverty issues all at once. For example, an organization may ask for less than $10 per month to feed, clothe and provide safe drinking and bathing water for each child you volunteer to help. Similar charities may only address warm clothing and a safe place to sleep, while others may only ask for resources such as blankets and shoes. Still a few more charities actually help build huts and homes for impoverished families. Education Many underdeveloped countries not only cannot afford to build and maintain schools, but also do not send their girls to school when a school exists. There is a non-profit that pays for girls in impoverished countries to get an education, get a school uniform and shoes, and get the books and supplies they need to succeed. You could choose one of these charities, either to educate all children or just to educate girls to give them an equal chance at success in life. Transportation In some countries, children have to walk great distances just to get to school or to a food distribution center. Many of them are nabbed along the way, raped or killed, or sold into slavery. To deter these horrific crimes, a couple of newer non-profit organizations for children have begun buying bicycles and bus fares for children to get to their destinations safely. Health/Medical/Dental In underdeveloped countries, there is limited access to vaccines, anti-venom, nutrition, good prenatal care, and oral/dental health care. Many children’s charities often focus on either poverty or medical/dental aid because both are very serious issues. You can see many pictures of the results of improved health care, vaccinations and oral care on these charities’ websites. Choosing What and How to Donate You could become a missionary and travel half the world away, but that choice is not for everyone. There are charities here in the U.S. to which you can dedicate your time, too. If your schedule is already so packed you do not know how you could donate a second, much less a few hours, then consider donating clothing and goods or making blankets. If you would rather tithe and use your tithing towards these charities or similar ones that your church supports, that also works. However God directs you to give, it helps. To get started, contact a charity such as THE LOUIS HOUSE...

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3 Common Subjects Of Marriage Books You May Want To Read

Posted by on Feb 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you are struggling in your marriage and would like to read some Christian books about this subject, you could purchase them from a used bookstore. This is a great way to save money on books and you might find a lot of great information in the books you purchase. Here are three common subjects Christian marriage books discuss, and one of these topics might be exactly what you need to help save your marriage. The roles of husbands and wives One source of conflict in many marriages involves a lack of understanding when it comes to the roles of husbands and wives. The Bible gives instructions for both spouses; however, it can still be hard to understand the exact nature of these roles. Through reading a good book or two, you and your husband may be able to work out the conflicts that arise from this subject. If each of you can learn the correct roles and responsibilities and apply them, you may be able to have a happier marriage. How to live after infidelity Another issue that has affected many marriages is infidelity. If this is something that has happened in your marriage, you may want to read some books about this subject. Through reading the right books, you may discover how to: Forgive your spouse after this Move on Have the marriage God intended for you Handle the situation if you were the one that had the affair Life after infidelity can be extremely hard for many couples, but it is not impossible. It will require changes, forgiveness, and time, but many couples have survived issues like this. How to live with an unbeliever There are also a lot of books that talk about living in a marriage with a spouse that is not a believer. If your marriage is struggling because of this, there might be things you can do to encourage your spouse to come to Christ, and you can learn these things by reading books.  Understanding the role you play in this can be integral if you want to save the marriage and have a marriage that is happy, peaceful, and loving. Reading is a great way to learn new things and there are thousands of books about marriage. You can find many of these by visiting a used book store, and you might even be able to find the books you want for a fraction of the price of new books. For more information, visit pioneerbook.com or a similar...

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