Our Daily Thread 2-10-14

Good Morning!

Today’s header photo is courtesy of Peter. πŸ™‚

And I finally got one of the three birds I’ve been trying to photograph. πŸ™‚

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On this day in 1763 The Treaty of Paris ended the French and Indian War. In the treaty France ceded Canada to England.

In 1863 the fire extinguisher was patented by Alanson Crane.

In 1870 the YWCA was founded in New York City.

In 1897 “The New York Times” began printing “All the news that’s fit to print” on their front page. Now it’s just DNC propaganda. πŸ™‚

In 1933 the singing telegram was introduced by the Postal Telegraph Company of New York City.

And in 1949 “Death of a Salesman” opened at the Morocco Theatre in New York City.


Quote of the Day

“If you fail to prepare, you’re prepared to fail.”


Today we have another movie composer with a birthday. That would be Jerry Goldsmith.

And it’s Roberta Flack’s too.


Anyone have a QoD?

59 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 2-10-14

  1. When I opened the blog this morning, I thought, “I bet that’s Peter’s photo”. Of course that set me up to see what I thought I would see, so I thought I was looking at the Mighty Mississippi through some trees but wondered what those things were in the middle of the river and it didn’t look quite wide enough. I went back and looked. It isn’t the Mississippi and perhaps I should pay more attention!
    It is quite a lovely photo.
    This will be so much fun.
    Mumsee, shall I send one for you or do you have it covered?


  2. Nice photo from Peter. I woke up around 3 and tossed and turned so I finally just got up. Have been writing in my journal, going over some sermon notes from the past on Ephesians and what it means to be strong in the Lord.

    I liked this: When we experience ordeals, testings, temptations and ‘sifting,’ know that God must have great plans (in sanctifying us). “Just because things are going wrong, does not mean they’re not going well!”


  3. These particular notes also talked about our spiritual battles in this life. “Get up. Repent and fight. There is a promise of victory.”

    OK, I’m going to try to go back to bed for a little while now or this day ahead at work will not be pretty. πŸ˜‰


  4. Beautiful pictures for today.

    Perfect for Wander’s views.

    Husband is coming down with a cold.

    More snow and ice expected later this week. God is giving the Governor and Mayor a chance to repair their reputations.

    Kitten gets to see the vet. Bosley gets boosters and may get routine check to see if she has feline leukemia or feline AIDS.

    Lots of things to pray about. Hope Donna got back to sleep.


  5. The snow Janice is talking about is supposed to get here on Wednesday. Six to nine inches..
    But Paul Speranza (our local weatherman, our weather is not the same as Ashville where our local forecasts come from.) says it could pass south of us.
    Paul says Spring will come to Hendersonville starting on the seventeenth (of Feb.)


  6. Chas, six to nine inches where you are?! That could be really nasty!
    Of course, the “upside” of getting it where you are is that you won’t still be looking at it six weeks later.
    All our branches are frosted this morning. Even our icicles are frosted. It’s beautiful, but I am SO ready for spring blossoms instead!


  7. They are predicting 2-4 inches of snow here. That is like a blizzard to us. No wonder I dreamed last night that I worked in a bread truck.


  8. Kbells, the night before last I dreamed I was working retail at Belk’s. Everything was cool until I was told I needed to climb up into a display to get the shoes for a customer. At my age I did not think I was able! Good thing it was just a dream. I think it was related to our shoe discussion on here.


  9. Fascinating story out of Breakpoint this morning–Muslims turning to Christ through dreams.

    It happened to a woman I know, writer Atessa Afshar.

    The story is here: http://tinyurl.com/nydelv5

    BTW, we got 7.87 inches of rain! Hallelujah!

    Of course, we need 24 to be at normal . . . πŸ™‚ The prayers continue.

    In other news, I’ve been running a YMCA in WWI board on pinterest, if anyone wants to see pictures: http://www.pinterest.com/michelleule/ymca-wwi/


  10. I’m not sure what I did, but if you hover over my gravitar, you’ll see the new picture that I uploaded. Somehow it’s not showing up yet.


  11. Kare, I couldn’t tell what it was until i clicked on it and saw the fox.
    And Michelle, I plan to order A Wind in the House of Islam. I have been reading a bit about Christians in Iran.. But I will order it from Christian Books when it is available because I don’t want to open another account. I have enough of those.


  12. Kare, I posted this yesterday but you may have missed it. Are you remembering to use .net instead of .com when you send to AJ?

    Love that cute fox picture!


  13. Cute little fox!

    Chas, did you ever get your book that didn’t come in time for Christmas? What did they say delayed it?

    I hope I wasn’t Janice’s customer in her dream, pointing way up at the pair on the very top of the stack of boxes, “bring those down for me please.”

    I did get back to sleep, had strange dreams, too, though — I dreamed I ran into a former editor who was riding an appaloosa horse bareback (this guy was not a cowboy type at all).

    But at least I managed a couple hours of sleep, I would have been dragging in no time if I’d stayed up from 3 a.m. on. Even so, I’m drinking some coffee this morning. I may have 2 cups, in fact.


  14. Donna, Though they sent me an e-mail early in December saying it was sent. It never arrived. But, after Christmas, they sent me another fullfillment of the order. I got the order, but not in time for Christmas. It doesn’t matter. They were stocking stuffers.

    It’s snowing like mad in Hendersonville. But the temperature is 36.9 and the ground temperature is above freezing. It won’t stick for a while.


  15. Kare,

    I love the fox, he’ll be up soon. But if you sent more today, I didn’t get them.


    Love the Peonies, they’ll be up this week too.

    Anyone else sending remember to tell me which user you are because some of the emails don’t match the names completely. And I’m horrible at guessing. Thanks.

    Anyone having difficulty at my email can send them to the blog’s as well.



  16. Don’t remember Peonies, AJ. I sent a snow picture made in the back yard. Also sent a Bosley climbing the window picture. Hmmm…did one of those look like peonies? Oh, I did send you a music video. Perhaps it had the peonies?


  17. Are there photo rules?

    Also, for all you doggie lovers who may have already grown weary of the Olympics, tonight and tomorrow night is the Westminster Dog Show. πŸ™‚


  18. Janice, thank you, I copied and pasted the address from the weekend thread, and then this morning I misspelled Aj’s name. oops. Trying again.


  19. Kim, go ahead. I tried but could not get it to load. I may try again sometime but I suspect you have more pics than I do.


  20. AJ, I’m assuming the bird you posted isn’t the same as the bird at your neighbor’s feeder that you were trying to identify. πŸ™‚

    (The northern cardinal is covered in birding 101. But then, very occasionally an adult will ask me what breed of dog Misten is, and I’m always surprised. Even non-dog people know dalmatians, German shepherds, collies, and poodles, right?)


  21. Cheryl,

    I knew what he was. πŸ™‚

    The problem with him was I’d see him, run in for the camera, and he’d be gone when I got back out. This time there was a less colorful male across the street (I got him too) and the female was around, so they just kept chattering back and forth.

    The one I don’t know is brown and black, with greenish, shiny, rainbowy kinda reflecting feathers. And it’s small, like 4 inches tall. I was thinking finch family, but I’m not sure.

    The other I want a shot of is the biggest blue jay I’ve ever seen.


  22. Michelle, I have and have read Afshar’s books. I did not know her testimony.
    The Perspectives class talked about Muslims having Christ revealed to them in dreams. I have been praying for that for them for the last few years.


  23. Enjoyed the culture video, Donna. I will be showing that to the children. We have lots of discussions and about three of them like deep discussions. This will do nicely.


  24. AJ, cardinals are hard to photograph. The males are very aware how colorful and conspicous they are, and that makes them cautious. This winter the male has finally been hungry enough not to fly the moment I appear at the moment, but he has been one of the hardest birds to photograph. To get photos of him on the ground (during our first big snowstorm this winter) I finally learned a trick that somehow worked even for the cardinal: If I stood on a kitchen chair (keeping my face averted as I climbed onto it), the birds on the bushes or on the ground didn’t see my face and I could click away and take all the photos I wanted. Getting up onto it was tricky; a couple times a bird or two apparently didn’t like what I was doing and panicked and flew, and the panicky flight made all the other birds fly too. But that only happened about 20% of the time. Usually I got onto the chair and stayed on it for several minutes, taking any photo I wanted, with no caution whatsoever from the birds. It finally allowed me to get photos of cardinals in snow. I also got some photos of juncos on top of our bushes (which were covered in snow), which I hadn’t been able to photograph because they were too close to the screen. But the chair got me above them and above the screen, and the success of that attempt made me try it with the cardinals too, out the other window.


  25. Oh. I guess I sent the wrong picture by mistake. I thought I clicked one with the mighty Mississippi in the background, but this is our yard on the south side, with the neighbors’ house in the background. And I think those flowers are spirea, but I don’t know flowers well. If you want peonies, we have ten or so bushes in the yard.


  26. Governmental authorities are on top of the weather moving toward Atlanta. They left a nice recording on the answering machine about what to expect and about staying off of the roads when the weather hits. I think a lesson has been learned.


  27. I brought a chickadee in the house and it is on my lap. The cat had left it on the doorstep. No sign of injury, just shocked but I think it just had a heart attack and died. I tell you, these things belong outside.


  28. Tessa was sent to boarding school in England and I think that’s where she met the Bible for the first time. She told the story four years ago and I don’t quite remember the details, but it was a dream of Jesus that sealed the deal. She went on, of course, attended Yale Divinity School and is now pastor at a church in CT. She’s Iranian, I think her father was in the army with the Shah . . . but I”m not positive.

    Ah, I remembered a lot of it: http://www.tessaafshar.com/meettessa.htm


  29. Ah, that’s sad, Mumsee. I like chickadees. We have a dove die in our yard in the first big storm, and I found it sad. And for a long time we had a lone dove coming to our yard; I figured it was either a young one that hadn’t mated yet or the widow of the one that died. (I once came across a scene that made me tear up, even though it was only birds. A pigeon–rock dove–was in the street, walking around and around a pile of feathers as though trying to figure out what had happened. It was obvious the pigeon’s mate had been hit by a car, and on whatever level a bird can know grief and confusion, it was feeling it.


  30. Mumsee!

    Cool header picture today, Peter/AJ! I have no idea how to send a picture, so my locale won’t be showing up at the top here, but I will enjoy the other pics that do. πŸ˜‰

    “Killing Me Softly With His Song”… it’s been almost forever since I heard that song!

    I got an interesting phone call today from a fellow piano teacher in my area whom I hadn’t heard from in a while. She is organizing a musical variety show and asked me if I would like to participate. I said Yes!

    I will be playing the last two movements of Beethoven’s “Pathetique” Sonata for piano. I’ve been playing the whole sonata regularly for over a year now — it’s my favorite one to play of all his sonatas — so I know I can get it worked up to an acceptable performance standard by late March, when the show is scheduled.

    Could you all pray for me in this venture, though? I performed in a lot of recitals in my high school and college years, and was pretty comfortable doing so. However, I was invited to participate in other musical shows a couple times in recent years, long after my frequent performing days were done, and I experienced a great deal of nervousness those times, which baffled me, as that had not been a problem before. My hands shook something awful, and, though people had nice comments about my performances afterwards, I really did not do nearly as well as I know I was capable of, because my anxiety got in the way of a clean performance .

    I think God’s gift of quality music (I include classical music in that category), is something in which to rejoice. Therefore, I want to do my best, to go into it with the right mindset; not making it about me and my performance, which probably increases anxiety, but about doing well to the glory of God, in thankfulness for the gift He gave to the composer so that everyone who hears that music may enjoy it. Know what I mean?

    Any tips for mental and/or spiritual preparation for this would be most welcome. But prayers are especially appreciated.


  31. 6arrows, I know this won’t work for as complicated as the pieces you will be playing, but I always liked having to fill in last minute because then there was no pressure and if the worship time was wonderful, it was truly God’s doing. My mom always said to study (practice) like praying doesn’t work and then pray like studying (practicing) doesn’t work. πŸ™‚ We will all be praying for you – just remind us as the time gets closer.


  32. 6 Arrows – Did you decide to share that article about mealtimes with your husband? If so, what did he think? (Or if he hasn’t seen it yet, but will, please let me know how it goes.)


  33. Karen, no, I read it myself, but didn’t share it with him yet, though. We both get so busy, and I forget! If I remember to show him the article — I have it bookmarked — I’ll let you know.

    Meal times have been overall quite a bit better lately. We have found some workable compromises, and the kids for the most part are responding pretty well.

    Thank you for thinking of us! πŸ™‚


  34. Cheryl, I remember a pair of ducks at the park where I usually walk my dogs — they really stood out from the rest with different coloring and they were always together. I looked for them every time we visited.

    But one morning as we walked into the park I noticed one lying dead on the walkway and the mate standing next to it. One of the grounds keepers told me they’d been like that for hours and they consciously decided to leave the body until the surviving one was ready to let it go. They don’t know what happened, but suspected a loose dog had gotten hold of it. 😦 So very sad, I stood there just watching that scene and it brought tears to my eyes, too!


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