42 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 7-20-17

  1. Good morning RKessler. Thankful to report that the prednisone has not yet affected my ability to sleep and I woke up feeling refreshed. I hope and pray that the night will continue to cool off to make the temperature more bearable.

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  2. A couple of days ago, Aj asked a QoD about three questions you would ask God.
    Not important enough for the three, but if I had been there, I would have asked Jesus to clarify. his statement in Matt. 19:31, “But many that are first shall be last and the last should be first.”


  3. Glad to hear your report this morning, Roscuro. Continuing to pray for you.

    And good morning, all. There are three relieved people around my area this morning — my student, her mom, and me. Student won’t be performing in the competition today. I’ll skip most of the details, but over email last night and a phone conversation just now, my student’s mom and I shared our thoughts (and mom and student with each other) and decided the best thing would be to bow out. Communication really opened up how we were all feeling, and we’re all on the same page, no one feeling like anyone failed anyone else.

    I am thankful for all your prayers, friends. The Lord orchestrated this ending beautifully, and I am so grateful. Thank you for being a part of that.

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  4. In other news, the side of our driveway, from top to bottom, is one HUGE rut. It would be hard to get down our driveway to go anywhere at this point because of extremely heavy rains last night.


  5. Good Morning Everyone. I slept surprisingly well last night. I found a nice Thai place last night for dinner. I had asked where I could get something to eat when I checked into the hotel last night. The front desk person told me to go out on Veteran’s Highway and I could find lots of places. I thought they had a restaurant here, but figured they had closed it. When my TL got here she was able to get something in the restaurant, so I let them know their front desk was sending people away. Strange, but nothing to get upset about.
    Have a good day everyone,
    Roscuro, glad to hear you got some relief

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  6. Chas, I’ve always taken that statement to mean that those who are first in social standing, rank, authority, power, etc. in this world will not be so in the Resurrection. As Paul later says, “not many worldly wise men, not many mighty, not many noble are called, but God has chosen the foolish things of this world to confound the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty” (I Corinthians 1:26-27). In the context of Jesus’ statement, he was telling those who would sacrifice everything in this world for him that their losses were gains. They would lose whatever rank or social standing they had now and seem, as Paul described the apostles, “we are like the scum of the world, the dirt everyone scrapes off their sandals” (I Corinthians 4:9-13). Yet, they and those who follow in their footsteps would be not only the salt and light of the world, but also those who reigned with Christ in the Resurrection.


  7. I went outside just now and looked more closely at the driveway. (It is a gravel driveway, not paved.) The rut is more than a foot deep in places. There is a pallet with a bunch of sticks and leaves tangled up in it that is wedged under one of our vehicles. It’s a mess around here. There are still flash flood warning out until 8:15 our time, but it’s sunny now, and I hope the rains are done.

    The community where my student’s mom works is advising no travel except for emergency vehicles. I slept well last night, and didn’t realize things had gotten as bad as they had.

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  8. Why is it that I find it so hard to think well when in the middle of a situation I know isn’t going as it should? It boggles my mind, now that my student isn’t in the competition, that I couldn’t see clearly enough to withdraw her sooner. It seems so obvious now that that was the best and most responsible thing to do. Music-making should be joyful; I would have been inflicting unnecessary pain on her to have her continue on to what we were thinking would be the end — a final performance.

    I am so blind sometimes.


  9. Phos, while not entirely satisfying, your theory about the meaning is as good as any I’ve heard. I It doesn’t keep me awake at night, but I always thought it was curious.


  10. Hey 6- I would say “Send that rain down here,” but it already does flow down here in the Mississippi River. We have had little rain, but because of all the rain in Iowa, Wisconsin, and Minnesota, the river hasn’t gone down much at all.


  11. Excellent photo of a great blue heron!

    I think that bird, and not the cardinal, should be the Indiana state bird. It’s plentiful here, it’s a bird of wet areas and we have plenty, and overall it seems a more specific representative of our state than the cardinal. The cardinal was chosen for seven states, the most of any bird, and they are seven contiguous states, so basically this whole region said, “Yes, we love our cardinals.” And we do. If only one or two other states had the cardinal, I’d say sure, keep it. But I’m more inclined to let our representative bird be something special and not just like all the surrounding states.


  12. We have lots of those birds around here. They even stop to fish at times in my little tiny pond and hang out in the trees.


  13. By the way, the eldest child is the one that was going to be aborted before daughter came alongside, telling her the baby was already a person and we would adopt her if she wanted to give her up. She had the baby and immediately got pregnant again.

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  14. We have those birds here, too, I see them at the neighborhood park where there’s a pond.

    I slept well after charging around here last night like a crazy person, putting books on shelves and going through other things — I’m actually down to the ‘bottom layer,’ as it were, in the living room after months of having things torn out of every corner and landing all on top of each other, mostly in the living room. Oy. Such a mess. The bedroom ceiling job caused the most disruption but it’s all — bathrooms, etc. — taken a toll.

    Tonight I have to get back to watering the front tree — and I need to rip out some of the grass that’s invaded the tree well so it doesn’t steal the water. I tried yanking some of it out the other night but it’s really grown in there in tight, web-tangles so I may need to fetch some kind of a tool from the backyard.


  15. You could borrow a goat but then you would not have a tree and might still have the grass.. You could borrow a sheep but then you might not have a tree and would have no grass.

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  16. Sadly, I am old enough to see woman, who were saved from being aborted, turning around and aborting their own baby. The woman I am thinking of has had one baby and that one is living with the woman who saved the first one from abortion. The woman who has the baby has gone through the foster system. The mother seldom sees the baby, except for photo shoots. It is sad to see the crying or fussing pictures of this child with mom and dad as opposed to the smiling happy child with the foster mom. The mother would rather hold onto her abusive boyfriend. It is so sad. Such things remind me of Jesus’ heart cry to the Jews about how he longed to hold them under his wings, but they would not. 😦

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  17. So much sorrow. The phrase I repeat to my children at times like this is: this earth is as close as the believer will ever get to Hell and this earth is as close as the nonbeliever will ever get to Heaven. We need to pray for those hurting folk, show them Christ, tell them of His Love and Sacrifice.

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  18. Angelos means messenger, and is used a few times for purely human messengers in the NT: John the Baptist in Mark 1:2 and Luke 7:27; messengers from John the Baptist to Jesus in Luke 7:24; messengers of Jesus to the Samaritan village in Luke 9:52. It is quite possible that Paul was talking about visitors, either from other churches or curious unbelievers, that came to the church, since later on in I Corinthians 14:16-17 and 23-24, he talks about how they needed to keep their unusual displays of tongues in order not to confuse those who were visitors in the church. Since I Corinthians 11 is also about church order, it is not beyond the bounds of possibility that Paul is saying how to show those not acquainted with the church operations that when married women (the passage is clearly taking about married women) participate in church, it is not independent of their husbands. Married women in those days generally wore head coverings to signify their status, a custom which lasted in Europe at least into the late 1800s – all those white caps trimmed with lace had significance. In West Africa, married women still wear head coverings, whether Muslim or non-Muslim, unless their hair was done in an elegant coiffure (all the complicated braiding, which took hours, reminded me not only of the complicated hairstyles of high society in the 1700s and 1800s, but also what Paul said about such adornment being unnecessary, as the women would go to great expense to keep up with societal expectations). As a single woman, I did not actually have to wear a head covering, but sometimes it helped to keep the men interested in a perceived ‘rich’ foreigner at a distance.


  19. Came here to say that another answer to prayer came today. One of the ladies from my Bible study phoned me this morning and offered to take me shopping. So that weight has been lifted too.

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  20. We are resting today, as per Phos’s instructions for asthma. Lots of field burning smoke in the air and hot, so taking it easy with eleven year old.

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  21. Chas, I sincerely hope it is not new as “In the multitude of counsellors there is safety” and indeed several commentators mention it as one of several possible explanations.


  22. I have heard that thought before. And then you could say that it was cultural, which is fine with me. But, it also could mean the angels that we think of when we say angels and that would not be cultural so I am fine with wearing one even if it is only during church. There certainly is not a prohibition on wearing one. Yet.


  23. Hello, all. I just can not get use to this heat without all the rain. I am not feeling as well as I would like. My blood pressure has been erratic so I am trying to discover what to do about that.

    We are getting ready to go to a conference and to see Wesley. I know it is not the best time of year to travel.

    We watched the movie, Aviator, last night which is about Howard Hughes. I did not care for his constant use of profanity, but it was pretty interesting otherwise.


  24. I watched Aviator a while back, Hughes was a big force in our area. We have several things named after him. Howard Hughes Parkway is one of our local freeway connectors.

    I remember the summer thunder storms in Iowa, how the rain was always such a relief from the heat — but then it always left us with hotter, more humid conditions and I remember that discomfort. Probably worse in the south?

    We’re stuck in the high 70s with humidity still a bit too high for our comfort, but not horrible. I’m starting to look forward to fall …


  25. I know that “Angel” means messenger.
    I have never heard that explanation before.
    I have never heard the issue discussed before.
    That’s why I asked, What do the Angels have to do with it”.


  26. We could smell fire as we were on the road yesterday and saw haze in the air. Our air is usually very clean. I heard on the news it was from the fires in British Columbia!

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  27. I cracked my tailbone while walking down the street in the winter reading a Howard Hughes book. Must have been about ninth, tenth grade. Slipped on the ice. I have been very careful ever since.

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  28. Ouch, mumsee.

    Home, did grocery shopping on my lunch break and put everything in the work kitchen refrigerators until it was time to leave — saved me a time-consuming stop on the way home from work.

    Watering is done, I still need to walk the dogs. It’s so nice to feel the cool breeze outdoors.

    In the news: The singer who committed suicide lived in our area so a couple of the reporters were working on that all day — I made a decent start on my story about the hometown bar closing down for good this weekend, will finish it tomorrow.

    And OJ is out, no surprise there. Will be interesting to see if he’s able to keep a low profile and stay out of trouble. I believe he will be living in Florida. Maybe Kim can find and sell him a nice house.

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