40 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 7-7-16

  1. Good morning, Chas. Sometimes nothing new to share is good news!

    We had big storms yesterday. I heard some areas were without power, but we didn’t lose power. We escaped the worst part of the storms. That is my good news report. As it turned out, if we hadn’t canceled the tree work, they could not have gotten it done yesterday anyway.


  2. That is a fabulous header. And the other photos are each quite spectacular. Just thinking on that beak could generate nightmares,

    Good morning to others as you arrive here.

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  3. Good morning Chas and Janice. Everyone is still asleep at my house…Becca-boo had a sweet friend spend the night last night. I made them go to bed at ten–so assume I’ll see them shortly.
    Lindsey’s car is in the shop–day three. It only has 5,000 miles on it….they changed out the battery and pronounced it fixed. She and Scott picked it up yesterday and on the way home it began doing the same thing–the radio turns on and off randomly and sometimes won’t play at all –it just makes a loud knocking sound. Of course, it didn’t do it at the dealership. So, they turned around and took it back.

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  4. Ah, my favorite Florida bird pics. All of these were taken on my birthday. We took a boat ride, but all of these were taken from land. I’m going to start from the bottom and work up . . .

    On the very bottom is a white ibis. Notice particularly its really blue eye. Well, starting our week in Alabama, I was getting photos of flocks of white birds that flew so high in the sky I could see each bird as a white speck, but the whole flock would have dozens of birds. I had a really, really hard time zooming in on them (white birds in a blue sky just don’t focus well, even at a closer distance, and birds in the air can be hard to get into the lens before they fly out of view), but I managed to get a few shots that focused OK, and I could tell when I looked at the photo I captured that they were white ibis, a bird I’d never seen. In Florida, the birds were flying lower and in smaller flocks, from a pair (or sometimes a single bird) to four or five birds. They were still hard to photograph (again, white against blue), but I took several shots and hoped one or two would come out OK. Then, as we were driving away after lunch, an ibis flew ahead of our car and landed on a telephone wire. (A weird bird to see perched on a wire, let me tell you!) I told my husband I’d been trying all day to photograph one, and he graciously stopped the car and let me get a couple photos. Then we parked the car and this one (same or different one, I don’t know) flew into the grass and I got this pretty shot. Well, while I was photographing it, a car with two women pulled alongside me and asked, “Are you taking bird pictures?” I said yes, and they told me about an active osprey nest a couple of blocks away, on a house chimney.

    The next to the bottom photo, one of the birds I wanted to see in Florida was a roseate spoonbill. Flamingo coloring with a funny-looking head and a really weird bill. Well, from the boat we saw three of them flying, one singly and a pair, but they were so far away I could just see pink spots and couldn’t get a good photo. But my great husband knew I was looking for them, and on our way back to the hotel, as we left the island he was noting the birds feeding in the swampy regions that lined the highway, and he saw a pink one and pulled over. It turned out there were two roseate spoonbills feeding (and also another ibis, a great egret, and a snowy egret). We weren’t in a region that has flamingoes. I got several photos, but I like this one best because it has the best reflection.

    Osprey in a moment . . .

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  5. Now we’re to the top photos, which are, of course, the osprey nest. Now, osprey (aka fish hawks) were all over the place in Florida, which is great because in Indiana I see them only occasionally and have never gotten a photo. So I got some good photos of flying osprey, and then this nest. I did actually see several other osprey nests (a guide on a different boat showed us one in the tree, and on this boat tour the guide showed us nesting platforms with nests on them), but all the other nests were empty since the nestlings had fledged. This one, they’re obviously fully grown and about ready to fledge, but still in the nest. I couldn’t tell if there were two or three young. I believe the one in back is a parent, probably the mother, and the one in front a juvenile. You can see part of at least one more youngster off at the right.

    While I was standing on a driveway across the street to get these photos, a woman pulled into the driveway in a golf cart or some such contraption, with a little dog beside her, and said to herself or to the dog, “Oh, another one.” I guess I wasn’t the first person she found taking pictures of the birds! I apologized and she said, “No, it’s OK. The owner is really proud of that nest.”

    While I was photographing, the mother osprey stood up and started screaming into the air, and in a minute or two the father came over with a fish in his talons, and I got this one photo of him in the air (his back to us, but you can see the fish). I would have put it on action mode to get several photos of him coming in had I expected him in time to do so. I didn’t get any really good photos of him at the nest and couldn’t really tell what happened to the fish he brought. Many raptors, the father does most of the hunting, and he brings the catch to the mother, who tears it up for her young. These are obviously big enough youngsters to eat their own food untorn, and I’m not sure why the mother is still in the nest and not out hunting herself (assuming the bird that screamed was the mother), but just reporting what I saw. My husband was patiently waiting for me in the car, in the shade, so I only stayed there about ten minutes. I would have gladly watched for an hour or two, but it was in the upper 90s (too hot for him, not for me) and I knew I couldn’t do that to him.


  6. One thought on yesterday’s discussion about income:

    Philippians 4:11-12 (NKJV) “Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content, I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.”

    Mrs. L and I have experienced this verse in our 34 years together. I think God makes us relatively poor early on so we get experience at it before we retire and have less than the middle of life.

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  7. My idea to have dinner at Tahoe made for a very sweet time. Both families came and hadn’t been there for quite a while. Ate dinner overlooking the lake and enjoyed the sunset. Grandson can really skip rocks.

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  8. My son is very close friends (from Covenant) with the young man who married the granddaughter of Francis Schaeffer. Son was invited to be a groomsman in the wedding in Switzerland but had already taken time off from his summer job to take his class in British Columbia so he had to decline.

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  9. Regarding the replies to my comment yesterday on women working outside the home, you all mentioned the era between 1950 to the late 1970s. The period was unusual. It was post war, and in order to help the returning troops readjust to civilian life, women were encouraged to stay home. Marketers deliberately cultivated the image of the ‘Happy Housewife’, hoping to capitalize on the postwar boom by selling more household appliances and gadgets. But I was speaking of the time period before that era. The first Industrial Revolution occurred in the mid to late 1700s in England. The Factory Act of 1944 finally limited the working hours of women to 12 hours, with only 9 permitted on Sunday, and prevented them from moving heavy machinery. ‘Minders’, such as the character of Betty Higden in Dickens’ Our Mutual Friend, were paid to look after the young children of working mothers (in Britain, child care workers are still called childminders); while in industrial age France, the first daycares began in 1840. My great grandmother began working as a domestic servant around 1910, and as we all know, at least from watching programs like ‘Downton Abbey, domestic servants have worked for upper class families for many centuries and a large number of those servants were women.

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  10. 😳 That should be *the Factory Act of 1844* not 1944.
    America also used female labor during the Industrial Revolution. Dickens, in his account of his visit to America, writes about the factories at Lowell, Massachusetts, which employed primarily young working class women who worked 12 hour days. The Triangle Shirt Waist fire of 1911 in New York killed 123 women and 23 men who were working in the garment factory. So, as I said, the majority of women have always been in the working class, and the women of the working class have always worked.

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  11. My father’s sister, aunt Mamie, left home at 25 to work in a mill. She never returned home.
    But the family always knew where she was.
    I don’t know when that was, but irt was before 1930.

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  12. Roscuro, in the stories at least, the vast majority of those working women were single (the shirtwaist factory, for example–I once edited a book about that). Women teachers had to quit their jobs when they married in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s youth, for example. Her mom often spoke about having been a school teacher before she married Charles–but if my memory is correct, she taught for only two terms (one school year). In WWII women were encouraged to take up the jobs men were leaving to go to war, and afterward they were encouraged to return home. Obviously farmwives and such would often have been doing work as hard as what the men did . . . but then, through much of history, most men would have worked jobs from their homes and properties, not “in the office.” I think that the idea of a married woman working away from home and leaving her children in the care of another would at least be a tiny fraction of earth’s history. Those in dire poverty have often had no choice, if factory jobs were available. But women whose husbands make a good living, and who voluntarily work themselves (away from home) for a higher standard of living, is probably pretty much a novelty to our age.

    Again, I’m not an expert in any of this, and I could be wrong. But I am fairly widely read, and this is the “impression” I get from fiction and nonfiction. (Speaking of reading, I’m finishing up that 800-page book today. I’ve already put in more than 40 hours of work this week, and I’m tired, but I need to get back to it.)

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  13. It is interesting that there is even a verse in the Bible telling wives to be busy at home.

    Until there were factories & such, “working women” (as if being “just” a housewife & mother is not work) at least worked in their family’s businesses (such as their shops or bakeries or on their farms), but their children were around them, also learning the family business. At least, this is what I have read.

    If I had worked outside the home, my MIL would have had to go into the nursing home much sooner than she did, my mom would not have had my support & help in the two years that she was dying of ovarian cancer, & my Little Guy would be in some kind of cheap daycare, if 1st Daughter could even afford that.

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  14. Many women who worked when young, quit or had to resign when they married. In the 1950s women did not work out once married very often. It was a big discussion when Jackie O went to work. Many thought she was taking a salary away from a family man. Of course, many younger women, widows or those who had to work did so.

    During WW2 many women went to work, because of the shortage of men. They were let go when the men returned.

    Even when I graduated from high school (late sixties, early seventies) the options for careers for women were few.

    The whole thing was a huge issue in the mining companies around us, which led to law suits. A movie was even filmed about the fight women had, albeit from a feminist perspective. Although the company for which my husband worked was not involved in the actual lawsuit, the movie used footage from it.

    This was a time when many men could not find work. The resentment towards families with two people working was there. Having two workers in families working was certainly an influence on wages and benefits. Changing the view of husband and wife as being ‘one’ also has had a big influence. Whether that is good or bad is a matter of opinion, I suppose.

    Of course, I am speaking about the United States.

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  15. Karen, things like that are unappreciated losses of women working full-time. When I went freelance, I thought the hardest thing would be being lonely (in fact, the steep drop in income and the 60-hour work weeks followed by a month with no work were the hardest). What I didn’t anticipate was the blessing of being able to put people first. A friend of mine, for example, had a mother in a nursing home (she got to where she was a fall risk and there were no other options), and daily she went at lunchtime to feed her mom. When she was out of town, a time or two I went and fed her mom (having visited with her with my friend and gotten to know her). When a friend went in the hospital, I was able to go. When my sister had babies, I was able to travel with a few minutes’ notice (I packed my suitcase ahead of time). Likewise, the same friend whose mother was in a nursing home had a family member who was going to put two kids in daycare; my friend was working a couple days a week, but she talked to her husband and they agreed that she would stay home to take care of those children.

    When most of a culture’s women are working outside the home, the network of “homes” in the family loses something significant. Young children are the biggest losers, but I think husbands lose, too, and so do other women. And so (often) do the women themselves. Sometimes families truly have no choice. And sometimes a woman can bless her family and bless others by using her skills for some family income. I myself continue to work part-time, and it’s of mutual benefit (and a great blessing I can do it from my home). But I think that it’s a net loss for our culture.

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  16. I believe Karen’s original question was whether women – married or single, as Michelle’s daughter, whose salary originally sparked the question, is single – entering the workforce had negatively affected the living wage. My reply was intended to point out that women, married or single, had always been in that workforce – and incidentally, the wage has seldom been liveable. The contemporaries of the Industrial Revolutions consistently tell a tale of hard work and near starvation for factory workers. However, if one goes further back, the existence of servants, serfs, and slaves would argue against there ever being a time when the norm for the poor was women at home and men working. The stay at home mother, and even more so, the stay at home single woman, was always an upper and middle class phenomenon. Even in West Africa, women work to provide for their children, and most work outside the home, even if it is just peddling in the marketplace, and either extended family or hired workers take care of their young children. I’m not arguing whether it is Biblical or not, I’m just saying that is always the way it has been.


  17. I agree with you Roscuro. Women have always worked. Some to suppliment for the or families and some to support. Women worked in fields, factories, and as domestics to help their own families.
    If you look at black women in the US they had to work because they were more employable (less threatening) than the men.


  18. My mom worked off and on (mostly ‘off’ as I was growing up) but she returned to work full time (at what was then pretty much the only ‘phone company’ — her office was in downtown Los Angeles) when I began my sophomore year in high school.

    It was good timing for us as later that year my dad was diagnosed with cancer and we definitely needed the money

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  19. My mother, a teacher, impressed upon me that I needed to graduate from college and learn a skill, “in case you need something to fall back.” She argued that a woman never knew when she might need to be the breadwinner in a family and that foolish women were the ones who never prepared for that possibility.

    When you hear that so often, as I did, you decide to graduate from college–which I did in three years–before you get married. My problem is, in my “objective” plan, I had planned to graduate, get a job for a few years to gain confidence and a profession and then get married, have children and probably work.

    However, I married a guy who was off to the Navy. I could have stayed the fourth year at college and rounded out my education a little more and perhaps gotten either better at reporting, or found another niche to aim towards. But, in praying and thinking, I decided to graduate in three and follow him.

    For a lot of reasons that was the right answer, but I lived for years feeling like a failure because I had no profession to fall back upon if something happened to my husband.

    Sure, I’m intelligent and I have a degree (in English??), but how could I support my kids when they came? I tried teaching–since I had grown up with teachers all around me, I figured, “how hard could it be?”

    (My mother’s comment: “I don’t know why you think you should be a teacher, Michelle. You don’t like kids.)

    (In a way that was a relief, I don’t like to teach kids . . . )

    It turns out, I do well teaching adults who want to learn. I couldn’t handle the discipline elements of school teaching 35 years ago, I’d never last today.

    Anyway, I’m thankful my life went in a different direction and I never had to make that hard call. I’ve worked at a literary agency part time for 13 years, but it’s very part time with lots of flexibility. Now, though, I can say what I do when I’m asked–as I was at hundreds of functions over the military years and had that sobering experience of people turning away, assuming I had no brain and nothing interesting to say.

    I’m not treated that way anymore . . . 🙂 because everyone is writing a book! LOL

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  20. My mother taught school for ten years, about six (I know the age when she started teaching, got married, and stopped teaching, but am too foggy to calculate birthdays and school years) of them as an unmarried woman. Now, she is a senior, so even if my father passed away, she would not have to return to the workforce. Her elder sister married shortly after high school, and was widowed relatively young. She spent several years cleaning houses to support herself, before she remarried. One never knows what one’s future holds. As I told Eldest Niece once as she was weighing going to school and having a career with getting married and having children, I am not pursuing a career in healthcare by choice over marriage. I’ve never even been asked on a date. So, I assume that God has kept me single for his good purposes. If I’m to get married, then God will have to direct the right man to me, but until that time, I pursue other avenues of service. I have directed my career, as much as I’m able, to service that I could continue, at least on a partial basis, after marriage, as it seems that the talents God has given me are of use to others. I think that career vs. marriage and childrearing is a false dichotomy. By that, I don’t mean that the career woman who has a family can just use day care. The woman of Proverbs 31 both worked and raised a family. So did this woman: http://drleiladenmark.com/

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  21. I didn’t go to college…I was never encouraged to do so…quite the opposite…I was discouraged to make that step. I trained as a keypunch operator…which turned into data entry…I typed very fast, accurate and was valued by my employer. Then I met my husband. I thought I would go to school “later”…He went to school (I helped him with his papers and I typed and edited all of his papers!)…we began having children…when my “later” came…the Lord had a different plan…I started working at a crisis pregnancy center…became a member of the Board of Directors of the center we opened in FL which led us to our daughter we adopted…we moved…I began counseling at the CO pregnancy center…then became involved with Bethany Adoption Agency fostering newborns..which led us to adopting…again…I trained to be a CNA and volunteered at hospice…my “later” never came…He knows the plans He has for us…..to give us a hope and a future…..trusting in His plan is the best for He is good…all the time! My life has been one continual education!! 🙂

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  22. Speaking of the Proverbs 31 woman, I once read the idea that this chapter describes a woman over the course of her adult life.

    One of the humorous points was about the verse about her children rising up & calling her blessed, saying that that doesn’t usually happen until the children are grown & more mature.

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  23. Michelle, in reading the book, Unanswered, by Jeremiah Johnston, he talks about a preacher in England during WWII named William Sangster. He preached in a church across the street from Westminster Abbey, at the Methodist church, The Westminster Central Hall. In his first service he had to tell the congregation that their country was at war with Germany. He had a red warning light at his pulpit to flash when bombing began and called that time his “siren services.” His family lived for five years in the men’s lavatory on the ground floor of the church according to the author. I knew nothing about this, but immediately thought of you in case you want to write another book about war time and a fascinating story related to a man of the Word.


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  24. I feel fortunate in having had the chance to attend college, but I did not want to do the C.P.A. route that would make it a harder choice about what to do if I had children. For a long time I thought I would have none because of the diabetes in my family. A friend suggested that medical advances might get rid of the disease so I listened and decided I would like to have a child or children. My timing was such that we were a sandwich generation. I was the filling that got squeezed when something had to give. A number of people had better lives because I took better care of their needs than a stranger would have. I became a Christian by being distressed by being stuck at home with a young child with asthma and seeking out God’s help in His Word. I have a love of learning that I passed on to our son through homeschooling. I have been through rough times financially and with Art, but it all meant that I had to have greater faith in God and draw close to Him. And I have suffered the stigma of not having a job title, but suffering some things is just another way of drawing close to the greatest Sufferer. I have learned of the great value of being made in God’s image and how His opinion is more important than people’s opinions. Whatever route people take there are advantages and disadvantages, gains and losses. I was able to sacrifice on several levels and be resourceful so I could stay at home and at times have part time work. And previously, as a full time worker, I added on parttime jobs so I could earn more and save to buy a house. I worked long hours and saved when others were out partying. God tends to work it all out for good for those who love Him and are called for His purposes. Some rewards are only given in heaven. And it is great to learn lessons in contentment. God is good. He blesses all of us here in so many ways.

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  25. Indeed, Janice, God does bless us in so many ways.

    I have been so grateful that what happened last night was not as bad as it could have been. It was very scary, but no one was physically hurt. (If anyone hasn’t read my posts on the prayer request thread yet, they will explain what I’m talking about.)

    The charges brought against R are disorderly conduct & threatening, both only misdemeanors, & child endangerment, which is a felony. There is an order of protection that will be in effect for the case’s duration, which will probably be about six to eight months. (I’m not sure if that’s the right term – having trouble remembering correct words & terms lately – but it is stricter than a restraining order.)

    Tomorrow 1st Daughter will go somewhere to look into counseling for herself & Little Guy. (He has been staying close to her since they got home.)

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  26. I just looked through the photos my husband took on our trip, and it’s funny that often they are quite different from mine. One difference is natural enough: he has a different camera, and his doesn’t have a zoom lens. But in my photos, I avoid manmade objects if possible (unless I’m taking photos of people), though I’ll take a photo of a boat or a house if he asks me to, or if I think it will be something he finds artistic. And sometimes the object is a necessary part of the photo: on this trip, for instance, I got a lot of photos of birds sitting on wooden objects near or in the water, piers and the like.

    Meanwhile, my husband’s photos include a lot of shots of boats and of buildings, sometimes of boats I didn’t even see though I know I had to be right next to him when he took the picture.

    But he made up for it because he got a better dolphin picture than I did! I got mediocre ones and some that were fairly decent, but he got one of a leaping dolphin and you can see its smile. I only got mine of leaping dolphins from the front, not from the side, so he definitely outdid me on that one, and I’m happy that one of us got a great one. (I see he got a similar one to my ibis above, a slightly different pose of the same bird. The osprey and the spoonbill he couldn’t have gotten with his camera, since both needed the zoom lens.) He also got some really good island shots.

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  27. I’m going to visit a dear friend of mine today for the weekend. She always makes me laugh–which I could really use some deep belly laughs….I’m really looking forward to it.

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