39 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 2-7-17

  1. Beautiful arctic sun. But cold, I can tell I haven’t seen anything like that in over 65 years. Before most of you were born.


    Off to Morganton and Hickory today.
    Y’all play nicely.

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  2. Good Morning…that header photo is beautiful! Kare is that lake in your backyard?!
    Could not sleep and have been awake since about 3…it is going to be a very long day at work!
    We drove through Hickory on our way to Blowing Rock….they have nice furniture shoppes in that town! 😉


  3. Oh, I love Blowing Rock.

    This probably should go on the prayer thread but I will put it here because it is on my mind. A week or so ago a man was arrested in Foley (where BG works). The vehicle behind him noticed blood dripping out and call the police from their cell phone. They police pulled him over and discovered the body of the woman who owned the vehicle.
    Over the weekend 3 people have been killed and another seriously wounded in a home invasion. These are 4 separate incidences. The murderer is on the lose in my county and the next door count in Florida. Yesterday FB was all abuzz over where he had been spotted and this caused the police to be everywhere at once because they had to take each report seriously.
    There are woods behind my house and a high privacy fence but this morning when I let the dogs out I locked the door behind them and instead of leaving the door open this morning when they came in I locked it.
    I like to pretend I live in Utopia, but every now and then the real, evil world intrudes. Please pray he is caught soon.

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  4. Kim, that all sounds rather frightening. May he be caught soon!

    Kare, lovely photo! That’s a sight I’ll probably never see!


  5. Beautiful photo, it must be glorious in person.

    Kim, that’s very scary.

    I went to bed early and feel more rested this morning. For some reason I was dragging through Monday.

    But it lightly rained all night — at one point I woke up and it was very foggy on top of the steady rain. It should clear out later today but more rain to come by Friday. It’ll be a pretty spring.

    Chas, when do you get your new shower? You might as well also replace the vanity in there, you know — that way you’ll have a brand new sink with no marks on it. 🙂 Of course, you’ll want to replace the flooring while you’re at it since that will get all ripped up anyhow. …

    And so it begins. 🙂

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  6. Kim’s story reminds me of the Night Stalker in the 1980s, when LA was really on edge.

    Richard Ramirez (February 29, 1960 – June 7, 2013), was an American serial killer, rapist, and burglar. His highly publicized home invasion crime spree terrorized the residents of the greater Los Angeles area, and later the residents of the San Francisco area, from June 1984 until August 1985. Prior to his capture, Ramirez was dubbed the “Night Stalker” by the news media. He used a wide variety of weapons, including handguns, knives, a machete, a tire iron, and a hammer. Ramirez, who was an avowed Satanist, never expressed any remorse for his crimes. The judge who upheld his thirteen death sentences remarked that Ramirez’s deeds exhibited “cruelty, callousness, and viciousness beyond any human understanding”.[1] Ramirez died of complications from B-cell lymphoma while awaiting execution on California’s death row.


  7. My journalism teacher in college had interviewed some other notorious killers (and became connected to Manson when he began calling her from prison on a fairly regular basis — she was one of the reporters who covered the trial and landed one of the first interviews with him).

    Some pretty bad actors out there.

    But back to Chas’ bathroom — you’ll need an overall plan …


  8. I just talked to a security company in Pcola that is providing the security on our, ahem, motel we have listed. Guy needs to get someone in to view the property and has been after me for an hour to contact the security company. They don’t start answering their phones until 10. I finally got them at a quarter after. The killer is back in the Pcola area and EVERYONE, including this security company is on high alert. He has vowed that he won’t be taken alive. OK.
    I just want him off the streets so that we can all feel a little safer

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  9. Ah, northern lights are on my bucket list. How I’d love to see them.

    Sick again. Pouring again. Flood watch. 2 women (who live on hills outside of town) have emailed they won’t be attending Bible study. I’d love to stay home myself, but need to go in.

    We have the nomadic shelter tonight and I’m taking fruit for the dinner. I’m glad 40 people will be under a roof tonight; it must be miserable to be homeless when the weather is bad.


  10. Yes, Donna. That is what is going on. Yesterday they were reported to be in a town near me. Our schools all went on lock down and are also on lock down today.


  11. I did not take that picture – the young man I share my office took it in the fall before the lake was frozen. (He did give me permission to use it) That is the lake Camp Kadesh is on – taken from either our beach or our dock. The northern lights have been really beautiful this past winter. I usually miss them, though, as I’m in bed 🙂

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  12. Stunningly beautiful header. I’ve not seen the Northern Lights here before, though they are possible, and others at my latitude have reported seeing them (infrequently).

    I’d like to hear them, too.

    Kim, I hope that guy is found in short order. Praying no one else is killed or hurt before then.

    Our young man with the birthday today is out with the men — his dad and uncle. My husband’s brother had some work-related business to take care of in our area today, so the three of them are meeting for lunch and doing guy things. 🙂 I think that is going to be 5th Arrow’s favorite birthday present today. 🙂

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  13. Beautiful photo. They can take your breath away sometimes. I am not out and about too much late enough to see them often.


  14. I don’t notice change in Elvera’s condition from day to day. However, I took her to the mall in Hickory. She went to Belk, as usual. She didn’t know what to do. I found her and we left.
    Bad news.

    🙂 Our waitress in Hickory was named Judy. I remember because I have fallen in love with every Judy I have ever met. Don’t know what it is about Judy, I just remember them.

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  15. I’m much farther south than Kare, and, I suspect, K, so the Aurora Borealis are a fairly rare sight to me. I saw them twice growing up. The first time, they arched right overhead like a cathedral ceiling and I remember that the colours were ever shifting with pinks and purples; the second, they were just in the north part of the horizon and were the colour in Kare’s picture.

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  16. We saw them here a few years ago, brilliant red. I saw them growing up, greens and whites, curtains. I know they are visible here sometimes but not usually when I am looking.


  17. I think WMB started in 2002 or early 2003. I first jumped on in the Spring of 2003.

    A few years ago there was a time when the Northern Lights were visible a lot farther to the South. We could see them faintly on the horizon in Northern Missouri. My MIL could see them real well in Iowa. I would love to see them better, though. Can they be seen in Minnesota or Wisconsin? I have a cousin way up in Northern Wisc I want to visit. Maybe I’ll go there and look for the lights.


  18. The location of the photos on the side change. I have never noticed that before.
    I don’t know when it started. It was quite some time ago. There were lots of us then.


  19. I don’t think you can pick a time to see the aurora borealis. It just happens. I said before, I saw them several times on flights up to Thule, Greenland. Most of the times I saw them, though, were in Goose Bay, Labrador.

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  20. Peter, apparently the Northern Lights can be seen as far south as 35° N. latitude, though I wouldn’t imagine that would be anything but an infrequent occurrence. I’m a good deal farther north than that (sometimes I wonder if I’m just as far north as Roscuro might be), but I’ve never seen them.


  21. I thought WMB began in November 2003–because I started working in January 2004 and the two together shocked my concept of what modern Christians believed and said to others. 😦


  22. WMB shocked me when I started to read it. Not because of the comments. I had been raised on homeschooling material that was, looking back, definitely capitalist and right wing in its leanings, so I tended to assume that the capitalist economic model and the political right wing were inherently Christian. When I actually began to read the reasoning behind the models in World, and compare them to what I knew of Scripture (I would search the Bible sometimes looking for answers), I realized that capitalism and right wing politics were just as secular and missed the mark just as much as anything on the left. One would think that reading writings that were for a particular viewpoint would have the general tendency to convince one of that viewpoint, but reading World had the opposite effect on me. I didn’t start thinking that the left was correct, I just stopped thinking that the right was.


  23. I was really surprised at the hostile attitudes towards other believers who may not think quite the same way as the commenter.

    In my job, I was surprised writers would harbor the same rigid animosity and then insist they were right–when writing to complete strangers. I was also horrified by their theology or the banal writing. Sometimes I’d think, “you gave up time with your family to produce this drivel?”

    I guess I was judging, too, but that was part of my job.

    I’d spent most of my Christian life with reasonable, polite people– military officers and their families–who may have been just as dogmatic in their faith but at least didn’t say nasty things about other Christians who weren’t of their denomination or core beliefs.

    But then, I read The Cost of Discipleship as a young Christian. I know we’re to love one another even when fellow believers set our teeth on edge.


  24. Michelle- If I remember correctly, I started on the blog before we moved to this part of Missouri, which was October of 2003. I may be confused, though. Blogs were a new thing and Marvin Olasky used to write an column about blogs in WORLD. I do remember how wild it was before registration.


  25. Clarifying my 4:29, of course I haven’t been out looking for them, either. Peter, you might very well have an opportunity to see them at your cousin’s in Northern Wisconsin.


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