43 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 4-24-17

  1. Good morning everyone but Jo.
    Nite-nite Jo.
    I thought I recognized the picture, but couldn’t.
    Every town has a Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street.
    But I don’t know where the one is Greensboro is.

    It’s been a rainy weekend in Greensboro. Still is.
    Has anyone seen Kim?

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  2. Scott’s in the shower–but the girls are still sleeping. They have doctor appointments in town beginning at 10:15, so we don’t have to leave until 9:30. Becca will probably come down shortly anyway as she never sleeps past seven, but I doubt we’ll hear any movement from Lindsey until 9:00…..

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  3. Good Morning….that is a pretty church building…and it is close to I75 or so it would appear 🙂
    Heading home tomorrow….I miss CO…I miss my family…and my dogs…and normal…

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  4. Hi, NancyJill: I hope you have a safe and uneventful trip home. I enjoy traveling (especially to beautiful beaches), but LOVE coming home. So grateful to God for giving me a (usually) peaceful place to belong, to love and be loved.

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  5. Chas, the I-75 and I-85 gave it away for me. Had to be Atlanta.
    I have had a somewhat busy weekend. Mr P has taken to the yard work like a duck to water and is now dragging me out to pull all the weeds in the front yard.
    I also had to “process” some things. BG has not turned out as I wished. She is her own person and practicing “tough” love isn’t one of my strong suits. As we all know I am a classic, spineless, enabler. I did start the conversation with her Saturday about it was time to transition her to adulthood. I chickened out at the last minute and didn’t finish the conversation as I had intended. I went to my Boundaries Sunday School class yesterday. I had talked to the leader before class (once upon a time I paid her to be my therapist) so later when I made the comment about “What is worse, the pain of uncertainty, or the certainty of pain?” she called me out on it and asked how it was working out for me. I told her I was working on it. I had only been 48 hours.
    First Baptist has recently gotten a new minister and his wife is attending our class. Yesterday she mentioned how everyone judges and expects the ministers wife to act a certain way, so afterward I spoke to her and told her I wasn’t a member of the church so she owed me nothing and I expected nothing from her. I also told her that we always hear the phrase of people who live in glass houses…. but it must be awfully hard to be the person living in the glass house that people are watching and slinging mud at. She thanked me.
    Yesterday we went to the Cottage and helped friend R & L paint the pickets on the fence and generally get it ready for a party next Saturday. L and I were sitting out by the Bay in the front yard with another friend as we were watching our men work. The other friend got up to go in the house for something to drink. L and I were discussing wigs and that the better ones would cost her about $300. It is going to take about weeks after chemo for her hair to come back so I was justifying they expense of something she would wear every day and it would only cost her about $1.50 a day. Once that was settled we talked about my hair and I told her this was the worst haircut I had had in a long time. I stopped, looked at her, and said, “The irony that I am complaining about my haircut to a woman who had no hair.” We started laughing and couldn’t stop. We both had tears from laughing so hard.
    As I side note, I remembered something from a long time ago. L got nauseous so I got a bowl of ice water and a towel and wrapped her feet in cold water. It helped. But then it may have been the two phenergren patched, and the motion sickness patch. 😉

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  6. An nice old fashioned church in the photo. I found myself explaining to my Little Niece the other day, when I was at my parents’ place, what a steeple was for. The church my family went to when I was small had a steeple, and they actually rang the bell for service each Sunday. Then, they got in a worship team [My father couldn’t take the new style of music, as Christmas carols played with a rock beat reminded him of his bar hopping days, so that is why we departed], and built a new building (right next to the old one) and left the bell and the beautiful stained glass window that was behind the baptistery in the old building. The last I heard, someone had taken the old wooden pews, which were picturesque, and donated them to a church in Mexico. We’ve been discussing on here how younger Christians have been going over to the Orthodox and Catholic churches, because they preferred the more structured traditions. Perhaps that is because those traditions were stripped away from us in our childhood to be replaced by post-modern architecture, and plugged-in worship teams.

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  7. Now THAT’S a church. 🙂 Reminds me of Hollywood Presbyterian (except that has an all red brick facade, built in 1923 — it sets on a corner right under the Hollywood sign in the not-too-distant background). But the same style with the steeple and beautiful archways and other architectural touches. I share the disdain for some of the bare-bones modern architecture when it comes to most anything.

    I spent some time pulling foxtails in the backyard after it cooled off a bit yesterday in the late part of the day. But there are more, always more. I haven’t been plagued by them in a while, most likely due to the drought. But this year, with all the rain, they’ve sprouted anew and are waving tall, like wheat fields.

    I have a short week ahead, taking Friday off to go out to the Pet Expo. Then I have all of next week off to get going on the garage. By the end of that week the new garage door will be installed, my garage (hopefully) somewhat sorta organized with extra open space :-); and I may even have the house looking a little better on the inside.

    I should be getting a call soon from the furniture repairman about getting my bed frame and cabinet back to me.

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  8. Lab pups are cute. My neighbors, who have always had Labs, get theirs as pups from breeders. the current 2 are full grown now, huge — one white and one black. The black one, Maverick, is a barker but because of that is also a good watch dog. He barks up a storm even when I walk by the back gate to get to my Jeep in the driveway. 🙂

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  9. Just finished reading, Whatever Happened to the Gospel of Grace, by Boice at third son’s recommendation. Excellent book and it touches on what I find missing in my life. An understanding of worship. The old style of church, with stone walls,steeple, and bells used to pull at my heart to worship long before I was a believer. I know it is not about the building, of course, but when I see one of the old churches it gives me a feeling of connection to the worshipers of old and the God Who is Worthy of all worship.

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  10. Thank you Mumsee. I may need to read that as I have been trying to explain around here. I know that God is “wherever two or more are gathered…” but I feel a peacefulness and connection in a church that looks like a church (not an arena or coffee shop) and follows the liturgy.
    I will go look for it on my Kindle now.

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  11. Where my driveway worker is headed now that he’s finished my humble but mind-bending, back-breaking little project.

    http://www.wnr.com/refining/refining/gallup-refinery

    He’s part of a team that’s transitioning the refinery to cleaner technology, including something that hasn’t been done before, I believe.

    I suspect it’ll be easier than my sewer line and driveway job was. It certainly will pay more, he says after that 60-day Gallup stint getting paid $1,500 a day (!) he won’t have to work for the rest of the year.

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  12. Kim – My mom had a wig for when she lost her hair during chemo, but her scalp felt too sensitive to wear it. Instead, she wore caps knit out of very soft, fuzzy yarn (I don’t know what it’s called), & they were comfortable enough for her.

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  13. Daughter had her head shaved so she could show understanding of little friend who was undergoing chemo. (Little friend then died in a car accident), She was going with a partial shave but I told her that was just a fashion statement. When she did the whole thing, several people asked her if she was a lesbian. See? I said, now you have better insight of the things people without hair due to chemo get to endure.

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  14. Our “Worship Leader” decided he didn’t love his wife and left her and the church. I was sorry for the hurt. I don’t miss him. I never liked his songs.

    A family or two is gone.

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  15. I am at the office today. Sorry it took so long to get on here to give background on the photo. The church is directly across the street from the state capitol. It is Central Presbyterian Church. It is the first church Art and I attended together. We were married in the chapel in the right side of the photo. A book has been written about the church, The Church That Stayed, relating to the Civil War. I will see if I can post a Wiki article if I can find one. My first experience with the church was to get a group from my office to go to their short service on Wednesdays at noon. This was when I was a nominal Christian being drawn by the Holy Spirit. The church had and probably still has a homeless shelter. It also had a sliding scale medical clinic. State employees used it to get allergy shots, etc. It was where I got my pregnancy test to find out Wesley would soon be kicking in my belly. We stopped attending there soon after he was born and later attended neighborhood churches in our community.

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  16. I needed a display for the long neglected media center window. I am putting out books that relate to the fruit of the spirit and need to get some fruit to put in the window and hang some cutouts on a metal tree with wooden base (probably meant for jewelry) I found at Hilton Head Goodwill. I collect souvenirs to use in window displays!

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  17. The tiny church my family goes to now is in a building built in the late 1800s, but for some reason there is no steeple – perhaps they lacked the money for a bell, as it was built very plain.

    Speaking of that church, along Bob’s line of thought, the desertion of wives and families is not limited to the contemporary generation. That last pastor of the tiny church, the one who was KJV-only (he also utterly condemned electric guitars and drums in church) and resigned, has left his family and, at last report, going to get a divorce. I’ve mentioned there were a lot of factors in his resignation, but it was nothing to do with his marriage. His wife hasn’t been unfaithful or anything of that sort. He has simply deserted his post. When he was pastor (he was called as pastor after Pastor A retired when I was still in West Africa), I remember commenting here that I had reservations about him, but this level of wreckage is still shocking even to me.

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  18. If any of you have been keeping count, that tiny church has in the past three years: had a prominent family (head deacon of the church and another family from ATI) whose married son left his wife and four children (the son didn’t go to the church, as he lived out of country, but he spent his teens there so we all knew him); has another family, the husband of whom has declared himself to be of the wrong gender; and a pastor who resigned and has now left his family. This is a conservative (several members admire Trump), KJV-only, traditional-worship-style using church.

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  19. The church steeple and building can be seen on right side of the capitol shot. My brother took the capitol photo because we were up on the twentieth floor for the luncheon. He kept asking me if I did not want to get a photo since everyone else was. But I was busy at the registration table and told him he could take photos with my tablet. He did a good job. I took photos outside. I especially enjoyed getting pictures of the Knock Out roses on the state building landscaped property. And since brother and I were passing by the chapel where I married (as we walked to our parking spot) I thought I would get a photo. The picture turned out better than I thought it would since I am not use to taking photos of buildings.

    I don’t really think that Atlanta roads are crumbling on their own. Unusual circumstances caused both the I-85 bridge collapse and the I-20 buckle. These freak type things could happen anywhere.

    I think the capitol building, with its golden dome, is beautiful, and the building is a replica of the U.S. capitol in Washington. It was built in that design after the Civil War to show unity with the nation.

    Kim, seeing the building from a jammed up expressway is not the same as seeing it up close. It is difficult to appreciate any view when you are in Atlanta traffic

    I spent several years at Georgia State University, and without realizing it, I was just a few blocks from the state capitol. I never went down the street past the university as a working college student. I never had time to explore. So when I worked for the state, it seemed like graduating to other more impressive buildings.

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  20. Janice, I actually think it is one of the most beautiful state capitals I have ever seen. Granted I have only seen Maryland’s, Oklahoma’s, Texas’, Alabama, Georgia, and Arkansas.

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  21. The state capitol in Columbia, SC is nice. It has it’s own park area. Elvera and I used to court there. We would sit on the capital steps until a guard came and made us leave.
    When you see metal stars at various places on the building, that’s where Yankee cannon balls hit it.

    I agree with Kim at 11:21. As a new Christian, the Intervarsity (IVCF) group was more important to me than FBC Columbia. But it didn’t serve as church.

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