50 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 5-15-17

  1. Good morning from Atlanta.

    Happy Belated Birthday wishes to AJ. Glad to know your home got a new warm and fuzzy named Fluffy.

    I liked the You Tube and subscribed, Karen, to Emily’s posts as an encouragement to them. I would love to have Emily follow me on Instagram or Facebook for my haiku. Since she enjoys natre, she might like some of it.

    I knew the header was from Kare. Nice hideaway from the sun

    Son has gone back to TX. It was another too quick trip. It always feels happy/sad When that happens.

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  2. I got an education on marketing and Youtube/Twitter/Etc yesterday. If you can get at least 20,000 people following you on some form of social media then marketing companies will pay you to like/use/promote their product. What they prefer to do is give you product but money can be exchanged as well.
    One example was home goods company. The Youtube person had her whole apartment decorated by this company and had a video tour online. If you liked the coffee table you could order it, use the person’s name as the promo code and she would get a percentage of the sale.
    Sounds crazy right? My friend’s daughter works for a marketing company in a large city and that is what they do. She spends her time online looking for people who have enough followers for her to contact them and try to work out a marketing plan for the companies they represent.

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  3. Quite a Mother’s Day at church yesterday. The paramedics visited twice in one service, my own visiting EMT got her hand in and we’re thankful everyone survived.

    As for me, I just sat up in the balcony playing my clarinet and observing.

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  4. Michelle, do we get more detail than that? How many people attend your church? (My father-in-law got an EMT to their church once, possibly more than once but I think just once–he got them to several local restaurants, too. It got to be where I said no restaurant was going to be willing to serve them, since he had several incidents of passing out and throwing up all over the table, sometimes at home but I think at least three times while they were eating out.)

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  5. Ha, Kim, just logged on to say that it was a big success. Pastor said he’d “be surprised if more than 30 people showed up.” I planned for 40; 60 came. Every morsel of food was eaten (with many compliments) and those who came too late were gracious and understanding. Now, start thinking about next year . . .

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  6. Two elderly people. One women in a wheelchair had a seizure. She was sitting in the back (and thus under the choir loft) so we only knew about it when the pastor explained the commotion was our fine paramedics, nurses and other professionals who got to her in time.

    I was playing the clarinet.

    Maybe 10 minutes later, I noticed my daughter was no longer sitting with her friends, but I was playing the clarinet and shouldn’t have noticed that anyway, and returned to playing “Be Still my Soul.”

    We put down our instruments, but the director indicated the pianist should continue “noodling.” When I looked down, I saw two paramedics walk down the side aisle carrying their bag.

    An elderly, frail man in our congregation whom we don’t expect to live long, had come to church with his daughters and wife. My EMT was sitting in the pew behind him, consoling a family member and watching. Later, she said neither she nor the elder/paramedic in the service of about 120, had found much of a pulse in two spots and were pretty concerned.

    Bob looked extremely white when they got him on his feet, but he was able to be pushed out on one of those walker/seats. Off they went to the hospital.

    Meanwhile, the clarinetist on my left was somewhat traumatized. She plays in a local band and two weeks ago, one of the saxophonist collapsed during rehearsal. They got him upright when they wheeled him away, but he died of an aneurism at the hospital.

    Her eyes were filling with tears, she had a photo of him, and I was consoling her!

    The sermon was on not worrying . . . children’s sermon on how God’s lead is often like following a maze, but we have the “key” in the Bible. All we have to do is ask.

    Otherwise, a lovely day. 🙂

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  7. Sooooo…..I have a new recipe to share and a sad tale of Lime Crema
    Last week at First Friday my friend “Mary” used a Cinco de Mayo theme. She made Lime Crema to go with certain chips. I LOVED it and decided to make it for our Mother’s Day BBQ yesterday.
    Friday I paid for a Sam’s Club Membership (something Mr. P and I had already discussed doing) so that I could buy a $5 bag of these chips.
    L’s husband bought the ribs for everyone and C’s dad smoked them so that was all taken care of. I was supposed to make potato salad, but Mr. P wanted to make it. I told him everyone wanted MY potato salad but he sort of had his feeling hurt no one wanted his cooking so I told him Saturday it was Mother’s Day weekend and he could make the potato salad. (I’m am generous like that)
    We went to the grocery store and I bought Breakstone Sour Cream because that is the only kind L can eat with all of her food, bladder, and cancer issues. I came home squeezed the limes and mixed it with the sour cream. I couldn’t find a Sharpie to mark the container of Breakstone Sour Cream, but I did find a felt tip pen and wrote on the lid.
    I went outside to read and Mr. P made the potato salad. A little while later he came out with a small dish of it for me to try. It had a “tang” to it, but was good. Later I was talking to Mary and said that my lime crema had a really strong lime taste to it, she sold me to add a pinch of salt and a pinch of sugar to it and it could cut the strong lime taste and tone it down, so I opened the refrigerator to get the carton out and do that. Half of it was gone! Mr. P had used half the carton of Lime Crema in his potato salad!!!!!
    Yesterday I went to the store, bought a small container of sour cream and another lime, added it to what I already had and all was good. I packed my laundry basket with everything I was taking down the the cottage for our party. I took the basket out of the car and the container with the Lime Crema had fallen over and half of it was in the bottom of the laundry basket being soaked up by my chef’s apron!!!!
    The Lime Crema was doomed from the start, but what was left was enjoyed by all and everyone declared Mr. P might be on to something by adding lime juice to his potato salad.

    All’s well that ends well……

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  8. Wow! What an exciting weekend. All we did was go to Long Horn Steakhouse for dinner Saturday night and to the airport Sunday morning.

    I never heard what Linda got cooked up for the dessert for her meal. I am glad it all was a big hit.

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  9. What happened yesterday????? Oh, never mind. I see it was DJ and Cheryl and their usual behavior toward one hundred. You would think, by their ages……

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  10. For dessert we (DIL and I) decided to go with what we did last year and make it an annual tradition – an ice cream bar. We bought a big tub (maybe 5 gallons?) and all the fixin’s. It, too, is a big success but I sure do wish “some” parents would monitor their children. Last year, one little darling jumped in line first and emptied a whole can of whipped cream onto a dinner plate. When her mother eventually saw it, she threw it away. That gal and her brother were also “offenders” this year. Sheesh.

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  11. We experienced similar years ago when we used to provide fruit to the after church table. Husband finally put up a sign indicating that children ought to take a moderate amount of firsts before clearing the tables of all edibles.

    Our family policy has always been that children go through the line last (we wait with them), allowing the elderly and infirm to go first, but they have noticed that that does not hold true in other families. It is a big frustration of mine that many adults will step over and encourage my children to go first at a potluck or whatever.

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  12. Linda, can’t another adult speak to the child? I would tell such a child, “:OK, that’s enough” and take the can away if I were present at such a gathering. (I mean, unless it was a gathering at which I had no connection to the child, like maybe a fair, but even then I might. At a family or church gathering, I definitely would, even if I didn’t know the child.)

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  13. But I never serve myself at the dessert table. I would be that child. Husband selects and brings me two pieces of dessert. And that is plenty. If I went there, I would heap my plate and regret it later.

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  14. The Father’s Day Bunny help Lulabelle and Amos buy Mr. P his own smoker for Father’s Day.

    Yesterday I got Mother’s Day texts from 3 of the 4 children.

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  15. And there’s always mumsee’s dog crate solution for annoying children …

    Wild dream last night about the upstairs to my house (which exists only in my dreams). I had to do another bathroom up there and decided to go with block glass all around for a different kind of look.

    Wow, michelle, that’s quite morning at church. Praying everyone is OK and home this morning.

    I’m coming up with some ideas for Carol who really does need some spiritual encouragement and regular friendship beyond me — to involve the two churches (her home church and the one she lives near and now attends when she can). I called her last night and she’d received a nice “get well” card from the women at the Wednesday Bible study she attends off and on, she read me everyone’s comments. So I’m going to try to connect with the woman in charge of that group, Jordan (I’d met her on Good Friday when we went to church there); since she’s on staff at Hollywood Pres, I should be able to find her email easily enough.

    Back to work for me today but I did get a few things accomplished this weekend in the house.

    My to-do list now:

    1/ Foundation
    2/ Window repairs
    3/ Paint (inside & out)
    4/ Repair or replace sections of the backyard fence

    On the “wish list”:
    1/ A/C
    2/ Kichen and extra bonus/home office room flooring

    That to-do list has come way, way down, which is a big encouragement — but it still has a couple major things on it, of course. And so many of the big-BIG things that I’ve done were unexpected and didn’t exist at all on my original list. Hoping for no more surprises.

    At the dog park late yesterday, Real Estate Pal, who grew up in NY, said his parents used to drive the family to Atlanta every summer (which was where they originally were from) where they would dine on lots of cat fish and “hush puppies.” Shoes? I had NO idea what he could be talking about. Someone else threw in “soppy” or something (gravy?). The things you learn at the dog park.

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  16. The name is often attributed to hunters, fishermen, or other cooks who would fry some basic cornmeal mixture (possibly that they had been bread-coating or battering their own food with) and feed it to their dogs to “hush the puppies” during cook-outs or fish-fries.

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  17. http://www.seriouseats.com/2015/06/real-history-myths-hushpuppies.html

    If you’re eating a fried catfish or shrimp dinner at a seafood restaurant in the South (or, increasingly, anywhere else in the country), odds are it will be accompanied by the golden brown nuggets known as hushpuppies. Made from a thick cornmeal batter, they’re dropped in balls, fingers, or even long squiggly strands into a deep fryer and cooked till crisp on the outside and soft and chewy in the middle. They’re delicious, they’re iconic, and no one seems to have a clue where they came from.

    Which isn’t to say that people haven’t tried to explain the origin of hushpuppies. Plenty have. The problem is that no one has really tried hard enough.

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  18. Yeah, their explanation for ‘hush puppies’ was confusing, other than they are like small corn bread muffins.

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  19. Off-food topic:

    I’m reading a book called “You Can Change” by Tim Chester — some good points about our approach toward combating the sin that remains as we press on in this life.

    “You will cleanse no sin from your life that you have not first recognized as being pardoned through the cross. This is because holiness always starts in the heart. The essence of holiness is not new behavior, activity or disciplines. Holiness is new affections, new desires and new motives that then lead to new behavior. If you don’t see your sin as completely pardoned, then your affections, desires, and motives will be wrong. You will aim to prove yourself. Your focus will be the consequences of your sin rather than hating the sin itself and desiring God in its place.”

    “Again and again in the New Testament we are called to be what we are. It’s not about achieving something so we can impress. It’s about living out the new identity that God gives us in Jesus.”

    “Christians have a new identity. And we’re to live out our new identity, to be what we are.
    So don’t live like a slave when you can live like a child of the King of heaven.”

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  20. A famous actress whose name you would recognize happened to come to my family’s mammoth Thanksgiving dinner one year. Unmarried, she brought her recently widowed mother, two excitable school age boys and their nanny.

    Beautiful actress spent time charming while the boys ran wild through the house, through the relatives, past the pool, into the back office and out again. At dessert time, they settled down a bit.

    When I returned for seconds–which were in another room–I discovered one of these unruly children unsupervised. I’m sure the bedraggled nanny was hunting the other.

    This particular child was sticking his index finger into the bowl of whipped cream, licking it off and sticking it in again. He paused when he saw a real mother.

    It was the last of the whipped cream.

    I grabbed a bowl and spoon and spooned off all the whipping cream he had touched with his–need I say–dirty finger into a bowl and handed it to him. His eyes got big, he grinned at me and ran off.

    I had something else and returned to my relatives shaking my head. I would have killed and been mortified if someone had give my child a entire bowl of whipped cream.

    They’ve never come back to Thanksgiving. “Too many people.”

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  21. Oh something else I learned yesterday from the Marketing Miss.
    We are no longer to refer to marijuana as
    * Pot* Reefer* Grass* Dope* Ganja* Mary Jane* Hash* Herb* Aunt Mary* Skunk*Boom**Chronic
    * Cheeba* Blunt* Ashes* Atshitshi* Baby Bhang* Bammy* Blanket* Bo-Bo* Bobo Bush* Bomber
    * Boom* Broccoli* Cripple* Dagga* Dinkie Dow* Ding* Dona Juana (or Juanita)* Flower, FlowerTops* Ganja* Gasper* Giggle Smoke* Good Giggles* Good Butt* Hot Stick* Jay* Jolly Green* Joy Smoke, Joy Stick* Roach

    It is now known as Cannabis. There are two types: Medicinal Cannabis and Adult Recreational Cannabis.

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  22. Have any of you had any visiting preachers (or even your own pastor or elder) use a trick question?

    One I’ve heard a few times throughout the years is “How many of you think that our children are the church of tomorrow?” Some will raise their hands, & then the preacher will say, “No! They are the church of today!” And the ones who raised their hands will wince, realizing they should have known that, & maybe feeling embarrassed.

    One morning, our former pastor (the one who I had trouble with), asked who feels nervous about praying out loud in groups. I thought about it, & realized that although I don’t usually feel particularly nervous, I do sometimes if I’m not sure how to pray for a situation. So, in the name of honesty, I raised my hand, as did quite a few others.

    His response was “I love y’all, but. . . GET OVER YOURSELVES!!” Ouch.

    I have another similar story about another preacher, but have to go now. See ya later.

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  23. Kizzie, I think that is a horrid thing for anyone to do to anyone else. There is no point in purposely embarrassing someone. I wouldn’t like it at all.

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  24. That’s how I feel, too, Kim. That’s just not necessary. (Unfortunately, he did worse than that, driving away several people.)

    The other story I mentioned took place several years ago, when we went to another church. A visiting preacher was nearing the end of his sermon, & he told us “When I say, ‘In closing. . .’ you say, ‘Finally!’ ” So he did that two or three times, & we said “Finally!” as he told us to, & we all chuckled.

    Then he got quite serious as he really was wrapping up his sermon. Now, Hubby is not autistic or anything like that, but sometimes he misses the emotional clues. So when the man again said, “In closing. . .” Hubby chirped in with “Finally!”

    But he was the only one who did. Now, that would have been embarrassing enough, but the preacher made a remark like, “Not now, Brother,” or something to indicate that that wasn’t appropriate at that time. I felt so embarrassed for Hubby.

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  25. DJ – I just skimmed the bullet points in your link (I will get around to reading the whole thing, I just wanted a quick overview), & it reminded me of an article I just read within the last couple days. . .

    “For Those Who Are “Over” Church” (This may have already been shared by someone here. I don’t remember where I came across this.)

    http://ftc.co/resource-library/1/2812

    One point the author makes (in my link) is that older Christians also feel that they are not being listened to or valued, but they have the spiritual maturity to stay committed.

    A while back, I’d read a piece by a youngish author writing to millennials who blame the church for their lack of interest in it, & one thing he wrote stood out to me. He wrote (approximately), “You know that love you want the church to have for the marginalized? That’s the kind of love you are supposed to have for the church.”

    There are so many essays about this matter, some blaming millennials themselves, others blaming the church. I tend to think maybe the blame lays (lies?) on both, & the answer is on both, too.

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  26. DJ, I see nothing at all in that piece about Jesus, unless I missed it. (I didn’t start “looking” for it till quite a ways in, when I realized I wasn’t seeing it.) Nor did I see any indication that the writer realizes all of us have been young once and young people don’t necessarily have more wisdom than the aged (they probably don’t). The focus seems to be “let’s come together to do service projects” with nothing about our common focus being worship, that learning actually does have value, that the church is supposed to be preaching, and that service is an outgrowth of what the church is and not an end in itself.

    It seemed to me that the person who wrote that piece knew nothing about the identity of the church, and had probably been poorly taught. And yes, Christians sometimes do need to do more about ministering to the poor and so forth (although it is Christians who do such volunteer work more often, but not necessarily “through” the church, since that isn’t necessarily the focus of the church), but she seems to have made that the primary focus, as though the church exists as a way for people to get together and do nice things together.

    Besides, my own very conservative Reformed church is bursting at the scenes with young folks, and that;s with barely having a nursery (we have one, but most parents keep their babies in the service) and not having children’s church or youth group or any of those other things that are supposed to be essential to attracting the young. I haven’t asked “why” they choose our church (because I’m really not all that “into” group identity, and I don’t think one 30-year-old can speak for all of them), but I suspect it’s because we focus on truth and because we’re a loving church.

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  27. DJ- I think this one bullet point is the most important one in the article:
    “Stop wasting time on the religious mambo jambo and get back to the heart of the gospel.”

    Too many churches are focused on reaching the lost by becoming not much more than a concert venue with a sermonette. Preach the gospel of the risen Lord, and let the Holy Spirit do the rest to reach the people.

    We know of a small church in Columbia Missouri that was started when our home church in Kirksville, MO, along with some men from St. Louis and Sedalia, started preaching open air on the Mizzou campus. They started a Bible study in a home of one of the young men who was converted. Now there is a growing church of 60 or so, mostly “millennials” and their children. Preach the word. We don’t need more committees or entertainment. Preach the Word.

    And too many traditional churches are too worried about traditions, that they lose sight of the Gospel. “We’ve always done it this way” is not a good reason to continue a practice. When tradition trumps Scripture, it’s time for a change.

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  28. All of our staff are millennials – they’re awesome. They love God, and their church and the campers who need Jesus.

    The first picture is of an abandoned lifeguard stand, the second is the roof of the gazebo that son & DIL had a candlelight dinner in. The stone wall with arched doorway was down the beach from our resort and just looked interesting.

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