60 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 1-4-17

  1. I made a mistake the other day when I told you I was at 50% of the book I am reading. I was at 39% and just this morning made it to 49%, ๐Ÿ™‚
    I am getting the impression that it wasn’t whether or not President Kennedy would be assassinated it was just a matter of when the opportunity presented itself. I wonder if most presidents walk around feeling like a target or to the have a sense of fatalism. It will either happen or it won’t. Not much I can do about it.
    I remember as a small child that President Ford came to Mobile. My parents took me to see him ride down Airport Blvd. It was a big deal that he didn’t have “the bubble” over him. He was standing up, waving to the crowd through the “sun roof”.
    I told you before that I prayed no idiot would take a shot at President Obama. Could you imagine the riots and unrest if that had happened? I have a sense that some idiot is going to take a shot at Trump. You should read all the venom spread all over the comment section of the New York Times and CNN. There are people out there who are unhinged.

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  2. It would be worse than the Kennedy assassination Kim, If either Obama or Trump were assassinated. Kennedy’s assassination changed the direction of the country. Either Trumo or Obama would divide it.

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  3. QOD: Why does God love Jerusalem?

    Is it possible (see Psalm 87 which prompts this question) that Jerusalem in some places might be considered a metaphor for the Kingdom of God?

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  4. Good Morning! After our icy wintry day yesterday, we are to get a reprieve this morning…then the snow moves in for the next two days…tomorrows high is going to be 6 above with -5 as our low….don’t you wish winter would make up it’s mind ๐Ÿ™‚
    Chas we had three young deer hanging out on the property the other day…they are the sweetest creatures…and they always make us smile….
    I’m off to have breakfast with friends before the snow flies….so good to hear your made it home safely Jo!! โค

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  5. Michelle, I think it’s more than “possible”; it is.

    I also don’t think the modern secular state of Israel (or Jerusalem) has any spiritual significance, other than that God will not let the Jewish people, who brought the Messiah, be obliterated.

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  6. WeatherPaul told me yesterday that we may get some snow flurries this weekend. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    We are not equipped to deal with it.
    One of the things that ushered in our new mayor was a moratorium on new development in our area. The City of Fairhope is rather contained. I live within the city limits. What is considered Fairhope is actually in the county, but the City provides services–gas, water, electricity, police, fire protection. This is causing a strain on the resources. Over the weekend and Monday night we got a lot of rain. Because developers have clear cut some areas and drainage is a problem there were a lot of areas that flooded. My back yard was under water–this even after we installed a drainage system.

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  7. Michelle, I don’t know WHY god chose Jerusalem. But it appears that he did.
    From Hebrews 7:1, it is speculated that Milchisedec (Heb. 7:1) king of Salem was the pre-incarnate Christ and Salem was Jerusalem. I believe it also.
    Jerusalem is the most contentious city on earth.
    It remained a pagan city during the time of the judges. David conquered it and made it his capital city.

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  8. We’re getting rain either today or tomorrow (last I looked it was Thursday) and more rain by early next week again. Glorious.

    This article says it appears California is having (at long last) a “normal” winter again. Yay!

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2017/01/03/atmospheric-river-will-blast-california-with-heavy-rain-and-snow-measured-in-feet/

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    California is getting the rain and snow it needs this week thanks to a shift in the weather, and the regionโ€™s meteorologists are finally calling it โ€œnormalโ€ for winter on the West Coast. Through the weekend, up to two feet of water could rain down on the high elevations of the Golden State. If the majority of that moisture falls as snow, it could mean over 10 feet of snow along the Sierra Nevada peaks.

    The ridge of high pressure that has been in place for days is moving east, and a strong low pressure system that formed in the Gulf of Alaska is taking its place. As winds flow counterclockwise around the low, they pull tropical moisture northeast from the Pacific Ocean โ€” an atmospheric river that will pour down over much of California in the coming days.

    Rain and snow will be heavy at times, especially in the northern Sierra Mountains, where winds from the west will be forced to flow over high terrain. As air rises, the water vapor (humidity) will condense into clouds and precipitation. …
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    Meanwhile, in other news, it’s slow at work this week, seems like news and the newsmakers aren’t getting back to it quickly in 2017 — the LA City Council remains on winter break until next Monday.

    Real estate guy came by yesterday (I’m leaving my back door open so he can come and go) to work on the plumbing in the bathroom — all of that has to get situated now before the walls and tile go up. The old sink drain in there was filled with rust and gunk (part of it’s still there so he told me to go in and look at how yucky it was, ‘yucky’ being my word). All pretty gross. So eventually that would have given way whether I started this project now or not. It looked like the drains they hauled out of the spare bathroom.

    He’s coming back today.

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  9. Every year at Christmas, especially post-Amazon, I feel sorry for postal workers. Everyone else gets several days off, but they work very, very hard; they get a couple of days off, but post-Amazon they have more work awaiting when they get on the other side of Christmas. (I have a brother who works for UPS, and he says that in years past, once Christmas was over there was an immediate drop-off, so much so that the supervisors would ask for volunteers to go home. He says that the last several years, each year there has been a less steep drop, until now they are still staying busy afterward. I said well, people are now spending the gift cards they received for Christmas, and they may well also be buying themselves whatever other people didn’t buy off their wish lists!)

    The post office probably appreciates a Sunday Christmas and New Year’s, because this year they actually get two days off. BUT I ordered a calendar from Shutterfly, and according to tracking, it seems to have been sitting in the nearest big city (which is not very far away) since December 31. Hopefully it will come today, but I really thought it would come yesterday. But I think the post office is tired of delivering packages and maybe not working quite so hard on the post-Christmas ones as they might be.

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  10. Oh, regarding winter weather, we have had two or three fairly heavy rainfalls in the last week (fairly heavy meaning around an inch)–rain that in January would usually instead be several inches of snow. Last year in January most of our snow fell as rain, too, and we aren’t complaining. We got plenty of snow in December and had it sitting on the ground nearly the whole month. So to get “cheated” out of what could be a couple feet of snow sitting out there is fine with us. But we are having flurries today.

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  11. Mouse does look a little conflicted there …

    Somehow in 2015 I ordered a wall calendar early (I found a whimsical artist-created border collie calendar I really liked from Cafe Press online). I hadn’t noticed that it went from October (2015) to October (2016).

    So when I went to flip the calendar up for November this year, NOTHING. Aak. ๐Ÿ™‚

    So I ordered the calendar early again (this time it goes from November 2016 to November 2017). But yeah, I’m kind of lost without a good wall calendar in the kitchen to mark up.

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  12. We’re supposed to get 1-3″ of snow tomorrow. We’ll see. Sometimes when the weather service predicts a small amount we get a lot. If they predict a lot we get a little. Its impossible to predict exactness when dealing with nature. I think God sometimes changes the weather just to remind us that He, not man, is the One who controls nature. It has gotten better in the last few years, though, with better satellite technology..

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  13. Michelle, regarding your questions on Jerusalem, see Galatians 4:-26:

    Now this may be interpreted allegorically: these women are two covenants. One is from Mount Sinai, bearing children for slavery; she is Hagar. Now Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia; she corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children. But the Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother. [ESV]

    The ‘present Jersusalem’ would be the earthly city, built originally by the Canaanite tribe of the Jebusites and taken by David to be the city of the Jews. The ‘Jerusalem above’ is the new Jerusalem in Revelation 21:2 & 9-27. I think of the earthly Jerusalem as being like the Tabernacle, a shadow of heavenly things (Hebrews 8:5). Just as the Tabernacle, which eventually decayed and was replaced by the Temples, was rendered unnecessary by the death and resurrection of Christ (Hebrews 9:11); so the earthly Jerusalem has been destroyed and rebuilt many times and now has no more significance other than as a dwelling place of human beings and a historical artifact, because those who walk by faith look for a city “whose builder and maker is God” (Hebrews 11:10). In that passage I just quoted from, the writer makes it clear that Abraham was not just looking for the land of Canaan, he was looking further forward than that, to a heavenly country (Hebrews 11:16).

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  14. Kim, I was just catching up on 2 days ago and chuckled at this from you:

    It is already spooky enough that I say say, โ€œSo the hamburger meat wonโ€™t go bad, I will make Salisbury steakโ€. I go to my computer and start typing in โ€œsalisโ€ and Salisbury steak pops up in the search.

    As an experiment I typed “salis” into Google and “Salisbury steak recipe” popped to the top of the search list. I hadn’t said or typed or searched for anything about salisbury steak. I think it’s just smart enough to know that anyone searching for “salis” is most likely looking for “salisbury steak”, not that it remembered you had mentioned it out loud earlier.

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  15. When I lived in Chicago, I was surprised how accurate snow predictions were. A week out it was anybody’s guess, but within 24-48 hours of a storm they would be saying “12-14 inches” and sure enough we’d get 13 inches. Sometimes a week out they’d be saying two inches, then four, then eight, then ten, and then they’d go back to 7-8 the day before, and the 7-8 would be accurate. When they predicted freezing rain, we only got it about one in three times, but the snow totals would be accurate.

    Here, they may predict six to eight inches and we’ll wake up to a measly inch and a half. Storms “break” and go around us all the time. But we still end up with a few feet of snow over most winters, just usually in increments of an inch to six or eight inches, not two feet at a time.

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  16. Kevin those aren’t the only examples and I also don’t like that if I search for something or order something then I start getting ads for it. I have been helping DJ with her bathroom renovation and I get ads from Home Depot, Wayfair, Restoration Hardware, and a host of other places. What if my husband had reason to go on my computer and found out everything he was going to get for Christmas or what about families with only one computer and they let their children on for certain things. Well, there goes any need to snoop in Mom’s closet to see what you are getting for Christmas.

    I have matured since those days I am happy to report. My birthday is Friday and said husband as been asking me ever since Christmas morning if I wanted to open my Christmas present yet. NO. IT ISN’T MY BIRTHDAY!!!!! Yesterday I got the mail and noticed there was a bill from Stowe’s Jewelers in town. I could have opened it since it was addressed to me, but I know I haven’t bought anything from there since BJ graduated in May, so I didn’t open it because then I would know what my birthday present is. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I think I am exercising considerable restraint.

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  17. Not only that Kim. I bought a generator from Home Depot a couple of years ago. For some reason, HD thinks I need another generator. I keep getting special deals.

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  18. Kim, I think it is dangerous for that to be put out into the world given the fanaticism of ISIS. It just giver further incentive for those on the edge to act in abhorrent ways.

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  19. I think the location of Israel is important to God and so what happens there regarding different people groups has significance to God today. Also there is symbolism as others have mentioned.

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  20. Kim, it skewers both Western (un)reality shows and ISIS. It is dark comedy, but then some of the best comedy is. Charlie Chaplin’s best works dealt with serious topics that were contemporary to the films, Modern Times is set amongst the suffering in the Great Depression and The Great Dictator deals with Fascism and Anti-Semitism. A more recent film on the Holocaust which was set as comedy was the highly successful Life is Beautiful. Satire has already been used against ISIS by moderates in the Middle East: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/29/humor-isis_n_5737500.html. So, for that matter, has the West. What is the difference between cartoons making fun of ISIS and a comedy sketch about ISIS?

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  21. I thought of the movie Life is Beautiful just this past week. What a wonderful film that sticks with the viewers. I thought in particular of the scene with the music being broadcast by the man so the woman could hear it. What a great moment in film.

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  22. AJ, Linda—an suggestions for food delivery in York, PA? My friend’s father died this morning. She and her husband will be leaving in the morning to drive up, Southerner’s feed you when there is a death in the family. I was thinking of having a Honey Baked Ham delivered.

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  23. I would like some advice. Yapa has been playing around with photography. She has worked only with point and shoot cameras that cost $100 or less. We are thinking that we want to upgrade her gear somewhat. I have not bought an expensive camera since digital cameras became common. What do our photographers recommend?

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  24. iPhone.

    Just kidding.

    I have a nikon coolpix with strong zoom, I generally use the automatic settings but it can be used manually as well. Canon puts out a similar model which I believe is probably what AJ & Cheryl have?

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  25. My walking partner told me the other day the local photography store advises digital SLR (single lens reflex). Pricey, yes, but make sure it’s digital no matter what.

    My iphone photos are great, and I only have a 5. We rarely use the point and shoot anymore. Indeed, I’m not sure where it is . . .

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  26. Just don’t get a Samsung Galaxy 4. Even the guy who works for the company that makes a part that makes my phone’s camera work told me I had a defective one. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  27. I am trying to put together a prayer journal notebook for 2017. I found an idea on Pinterest that has five sections:
    Praise, Prayers, Scripture, Study, and Notes. If I decide on that I will subdivide the Prayers section into groups such as Family, Blog Family, Church and Community, Ministries, Nation, World & Missionaries, etc. Somewhere I saw another version that had daily tabs used for praying for different groups on each day of the week. Does anyone use a prayer journal notebook? If you do, how have you set it up? Or do you use a preprinted one you bought?

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  28. Yapamom, it depends on what is most important to her. AJ and I both have Canon PowerShot cameras; mine has a longer zoom than his (SX50 HS). Like the camera DJ mentioned, it is considered a “bridge” camera. In other words, it can be used as “point and shoot” with automatic settings or it can be set. It has a whole bunch of pre-selected settings. For example, I can set it for close-up, for action (up to ten shots taken quickly), for photos in snow, for photos after dark . . .

    For me, the most important features are the ability to zoom (I want to be able to photograph a bird 15 feet away or a deer 200 feet away) and the ability to get the shot quickly. I don’t want a camera that I have to attach a lens before I can take a picture of a bird. I wish it did better in indoor shots (aka family photos in the evening). I know that it is possible to get better quality photos than the best my camera can do . . . but to get the very best photos still requires a lot of money for equipment, and the reality is that I can get better quality shots than those published in books just a few decades ago. Ansel Adams got better landscape shots than I do, even many decades ago. But 15 or 20 years ago they were still saying that field guides needed to be drawings and not photos, since drawings could show more detail . . . and that isn’t true today. I can get better photos of insects that I see in professionally published field guides from not that long ago. (Insects! I mean creatures half an inch long or less.) Now, the experts all say that the most important thing in wildlife photography is a good focus on the eye, so they will consider a photo a failure if you don’t have a well-focused eye, even if the insect is an eighth of an inch long. Sometimes I can get that quality and sometimes I cannot; but considering that no one could do that 15 years ago, I figure that means only that I cannot keep up with professional photographers of insects. And I’m not willing to pay thousands of dollars to keep up with them, so I’m content. Besides, my camera doesn’t do anything “perfectly,” but it can do a really wide range of shots decently well. It would take a lot of different lenses to do the range of things I can do with this one camera, and it would cost many times as much and lots more weight and complexity.

    So I’d be inclined to say look at what she wants to photograph, and what is most important in photographing that (speed, sharp detail, zoom, color, ability to take quality photos or ability to tweak the settings herself, etc.), and what is within your price range for that. It may or may not be worth investing in the very best camera money can buy.

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  29. So nice to be back in my own little place.
    Loving the cooler weather. The coastal areas are beautiful, but hot.
    Chas, I went to Cairns, Australia on Dec. 16 and just returned yesterday.
    A long break! I found out later that I could have left slightly later, but yesterday was the first day our planes were flying so that I could return.

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  30. It was rather lonely, but God allowed me to bless others.
    And, oh, the safety and the freedom to go places. Such a little thing, but able to safely walk outside late at night to throw away a piece of trash that I didn’t want to leave in my room. I would never do that here.

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  31. I promise not to eat it all. I will go put chocolate in everyone’s mailboxes at school. I will use it to thank the gal who cuts my hair for free, and the fella who takes care of my computer. I even shared as we were waiting in the MAF hangar for our last flight.

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  32. Jo, do you fly from Cairns directly to your place or do you go through Port M? Someone in the last week was asking me about how you traveled–they were interested in traveling to your neck of the woods but thought it might be dangerous.

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  33. I do go through Port Moresby, we all do as you have to clear customs. But… when I come out of customs I wait right there for someone to pick me up, a man, who loads me in the mission van and takes me directly to the hangar for my flight up to Ukarumpa via our planes. They take good care of us and I do not take chances.

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  34. What do you think of cage fighting?
    What would you think if your fifteen year old’s teacher was a cage fighter?
    What would you think if she showed videos of herself cage fighting?

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  35. It’s fine for her to be a cage fighter if she wants to be one. I would object to her showing the videos. Her private life is hers and it should cross over to the classroom

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  36. Mumsee, it sounds pretty awful. I don’t like cages at all. I am bothered by leaving Miss Bosley for a week’s vacation by boarding her at the vet’s where she is caged for a week. I abhor the thought. And to think of fighting in a cage is even worse.

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  37. I am like Jo and know nothing of cage fighting so I am assuming it is a literal cage. Does it mean something else? It seems I did read something about a guy who got into wrestling and cage fighting recently, but it slips my memory what the ultimate storyline was about. My curiosity is up now. I will have to see if I can locate it.

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  38. I don’t remember the other name for it, some sort of mixed martial art. But she tells the children stories about breaking her opponents arm, getting her nose broken and lots of other injuries. And that it pays some three or four thousand per fight. I can’t imagine getting paid to hurt somebody so that is way out of my league, but the idea of graphically detailing it to her English and science classes seems a bit odd. The other teachers don’t give so much information on their “other” life but I suppose because it is such a small community and every body knows your name, it is not out of the question.

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