48 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 9-15-17

  1. I have been awake Chas and am about to walk out the door.
    I do not have the email address for several of you. If you are connected with me on FB send me a message with your email address and I will send the photo to you.
    If you aren’t on FB then may name here is KimH and you all know I am now with KW to if you take my name here and@ where I work dot com I will transfer you over to my personal email and send it to you.

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  2. Kim. I hope the others understood those instructions. I didn’t
    But it doesn’t matter. I got your e-mail and copied your address.
    I had three addresses for you.
    Back to Kim Cotton.
    I deleted all the other addresses.

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  3. Funnines? What are those?

    πŸŽ‚ 🍨 πŸŽ‚ 🍨 πŸŽ‚ 🍨 Β‘Feliz cumpleaΓ±os,Hermanito! πŸŽ‚ 🍨 πŸŽ‚ 🍨 πŸŽ‚ 🍨

    A cake and bowl of ice cream for each decade, just like your older sister got.

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  4. Good morning. My head is swimming in refrigerators. Yesterday I went to Sears outlet which has rows and rows of products in a giant warehouse. Then I went to J.C. Penney’s, and after that to the Sears store at the mall. Later I carried Art back to Sears. I like three distinct styles: side by side; French doors on top and freezer on bottom; and, a single door on top with a freezer on the bottom. The prices range from $800 to $1,100 with all being good sale prices. Two are Kenmore and one is LG. If anyone has any more considerations to share, please let me know.

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  5. Happy, Happy.Happy
    Birthday, Kevin, who grew a year older in one day! Enjoy an Apple Pie cake. ‘Tis the season.

    *MoundsOfWhippedCream*
    ApplePieLayerApplePieLayer
    ApplePieLayerApplePieLayer
    ApplePieLayerApplePieLayer
    SlicesOfCaramelAppleAtBase. Serve with Butter Pecan icecream.

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  6. Debra, I thought you might be interested: Last night I went through all the photos I took of the young butterfly, to separate out the best ones from the whole cycle. And I realized that in the photos of her pumping up her wings, there were several with her wings open. Though I didn’t get such photos of her once her wings were developed, I actually did get some early on . . . and was able to confirm she was indeed a female.

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  7. Happy Birthday Kevin!

    I’m sleepy and it’s nice and overcast and cool this morning. Feels like fall. Just wish I could go back to bed. But it’s off to work soon and I need to find a story. Desperation like that usually means finding a go-to standby option, such as updating an ongoing development project I haven’t written about in some time.

    Janice, good luck with the refrigerator choices. I know the new appliances aren’t as long-lasting as the old ones many of us were used to, but it is nice to get something with all that updates and that runs well (esp if you’re replacing an ancient model that’s struggling as I was doing with all my appliances here in the past several years).

    Weird, I’m now being followed on Twitter by Anthony Scaramucci (verified account) — I’m one of a mere 197,000 he ‘follows.’ I’m guessing he or, more likely, his “people,” are randomly searching & finding any and all media-related people they can on Twitter.

    I had a dream I was visiting Kizzie but was stuck outside in the snow for some reason — and her “house” was part of a historic, really cute, but very California-looking Spanish courtyard. I fell into a ditch in her yard at one point but made it out. But I never made it inside before the dream switched gears and I was going to the theater in LA to see a play with several other people but I forgot my ticket and then the usher snatched away the overstuffed, comfy chair I was just about to sit down in and replaced it with a tall, wooden stool with a short back. Really? Was he trying to tell me something or what? Well, didn’t matter. I was about to get kicked out anyway without my ticket. The next part of the dream centered around frantically looking for a ride home.

    So see? There’s good reason I’m exhausted. Busy, busy night for me.

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  8. Happy Birthday, very old little brother. I am glad you have made it this long and I am glad you share a small portion of the wisdom God has given you over the years, with us.

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  9. Such a pleasure to have someone else here. We are both from here and she has been a missionary in Brazil for many years. Her husband died five years ago. A godly woman and someone I admire and respect. I have known her family for many years.

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  10. Falling into the snowy ditch did me in. I didn’t see that one coming.

    Last day for one of our peeps (editor of one of our weeklies and also jack-of-all-trades, much liked & loved 😦 ). But he has several contract gigs lined up (the company here wanted him to have an open-ended contract to keep doing the weekly, but he declined, said 2 weeks only, he has a family to support — 2 young kids and a wife who works part-time from home — so he needs to hustle to get something that pays more quickly).

    Big loss for us.

    The next several Fridays will be the same, people trickling away. 😦

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  11. It is interesting to get to know missionaries in different parts of the world. To hear how God is working in different people and yet people are the same in so many ways.

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  12. Cheryl, I was not really able to discern the male sex of the butterfly. I saw the white dots, but there were many of them and I thought there were only supposed to be a couple. I did go back and look (and read) more closely and I saw the 2 dots that were the glands. I would never have been able to pick that out if you hadn’t snapped the closeup and pointed it out.

    Do you plant specific flowers to attract the species of butterfly you want? I love herbs and mint in particular. I’m still planning a small herb garden for this house. I have always had one in every house, but I’ve been here for two years and haven’t planted a thing. I’m overdue.

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  13. Janice, I know my SIL and daughter hated the French doors on the fridge that came with the new home they bought. They replaced it as soon as they could. The reason? It was impossible to put a pizza box in it. IOW, think what you normally store and what you may store for holidays. That may make a difference.

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  14. Kathaleena, I’m not sure why it would be impossible to put a pizza box in a fridge with french doors – both doors open up to the full width fridge.

    I love my french doors (note – not a side by side fridge/freezer) with the bottom freezer. If you tend to put things in the same place, you often only need to open one side of the doors, but it’s no big deal to open both. For instance, our milk jugs are always in the same place, so that’s the door we open when we want milk.

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  15. Kizzie, we aren’t told. I’m inclined to think that A. W. Pink’s argument that Adam is not among the redeemed is a good one, though it is only speculation. In brief, Adam is the only one of us who ever sinned in full knowledge, plunging the entire race into sin–if anyone ever deserved damnation, he does. Also, the Bible only ever talks about him as a bad example (we are “in Adam” or “in Christ,” for example). Pink had several other points, too, and I found his case compelling.

    My husband thinks that God Himself made a sacrifice for Adam, suggesting he was forgiven. But we are never told he repented, never told anything good about him after the Fall. We don’t no–but my vote (if I have one) is no for Adam. Eve was deceived, and did not sin willfully–so I simply have no guess for her at all.

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  16. Debra, in my next yard I’m likely to plant specific flowers for butterflies and hummingbirds, but here the garden was already here, my older daughter is the one who has tended it (until she got married), and by the time she married we were considering a move, so I haven’t planted anything. But I see how much butterflies are drawn to sedum (pretty and easy care) and to coneflowers, and I’m inclined to plant them again. The mint I would not plant–it spreads like mad, and if we were staying here, I’d be pulling it up and planting something else. The bees love it, though, and small butterflies too.

    The reason we got monarchs is because the common milkweed planted itself among the mint. Butterflies like its flowers, and monarchs lay their eggs only on milkweed (various species). Common milkweed doesn’t flower its first year, and it first grew here two years ago. At the end of the season each year I cut it down, but last year and this I have had flowers on it. The caterpillars eat the milkweed, and when they are finished growing, they wander off looking for a good spot for a chrysalis. In this case, the female put her chrysalis in plain view, easy to keep an eye on it and photograph it. The male hid his, and I never did see it. If the female’s hadn’t been still hanging there, after the male flew I might have dug through the mint to see if I could find his chrysalis, but I didn’t want to disturb hers, so I still don’t know where he put his!

    The common milkweed produces a pretty flower, and it draws monarchs. BUT it is a nuisance plant in several ways. First, the sap is highly toxic, and they say it is extremely painful (possibly requiring a doctor visit) to get it in your eye. Second, it draws insects like crazy: one butterfly and one moth lay their eggs on it; the milkweed tussock moth lays lots of eggs, and its caterpillars can strip a plant completely. Oleander aphids also really like it, and they can cover a plant in no time. Milkweed bugs can also come in large numbers, and several others. That also means that by mid-summer the plant doesn’t look very good. Because I wanted the monarchs–and because I had a bunch of their caterpillars–and also because we were preparing to sell the house and I didn’t want a really ratty milkweed plant, I killed the aphids (and had to kill them repeatedly) and moved the tussock caterpillars and a milkweed beetle or two to milkweed down the street a ways. It was a lot of work. I think some milkweed species draw fewer insects, and I might be inclined to plant one of those, but I don’t think I’d actually plant common milkweed unless I had a field of wildflowers. And I hope I haven’t left a nuisance for the next homeowners, since common milkweed taproots go deep and it might be rather hard to get rid of them now! (I cut the plant down last fall, and our daughter cut it down again this summer, not knowing I wanted it, and it still regrew and flowered.)

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  17. I love my french door refrigerator also — very nice looking style. It’s smaller inside because the new refrigerators have so much more bulky interior insulation than the old ones (my old one was 25 years old). So it seems small to me; but it also was the only one that would fit with my overhead and side cabinetry, I was very limited in space and most appliances nowadays are huge.

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  18. So while the interior seems limited to me, that’s because of the size I was forced to get and the new technology making it less spacious inside, not due to the design of the refrigerator.

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  19. Cheryl, glad you told me about the milkweed. I don’t need anything that attracts insects or too many bees, so I’ll steer clear of that one. Although mint can be invasive, I (and Husband) like mint tea. I have planted it before and have ways of containing it–or at least constraining it from where I don’t want it to go, so I’ll be planting several varieties.

    The Coneflower is a plant I’ve had some interest in, though I’ve never planted it before. There are herbal uses for it, and it’s a beautiful, hardy (I think) plant, so I’ll probably try that one too. Lavender is another favorite I have grown with success and so will include it, as well as several varieties of Thyme and Oregano.

    One plant that I had very little success with in CT, despite many attempts, is Rosemary. Now that we are in TN I am looking forward to finally establishing this fragrant and delicious herb firmly in my kitchen herb garden.

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  20. In answer to a question like, “Are Adam and Eve in heaven?” my answer would be: “The Bible doesn’t say, so I cannot know the answer. Nor is it important to know.” Of course, one would need to simplify that answer for a child.

    Something like that is not important enough to have a discussion, especially with a child. The big question is, “Am I ready to meet God?”

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  21. Kim, your 4:56 is exactly my husband’s argument. Thing is, we are simply not told God was forgiving his sin (he was covering his nakedness at the cost of blood) nor whether he was ultimately redeemed. Since the Bible does not go on to tell us he and Eve repented and had a godly household, we cannot know. I do think Pink makes a very good case, but it has probably been 15-18 years since I read it.

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  22. Peter, if a child is interested enough in a point of theology to ask a question, even an unanswerable one like this, one can certainly use that as an opportunity to look at Scripture with that child.

    When I was a child, every week we listened to Children’s Bible Hour. Sometimes they took questions from children. I wrote a letter asking if Samson would be in heaven. Wouldn’t you think an adult working there would at least take time to try to give an answer? Well, years and years later, I realized Samson is in the “hall of faith” of Hebrews 11, which would seem to be my answer. Couldn’t an adult with a concordance have bothered to look up “Samson” and told me that much?

    I’m strongly in favor of taking children’s questions seriously, unless they are just being silly or asking question after question and you can’t keep up with them. Sometimes the answer is “We don’t know,” but one can at least look up the relevant passages in Scripture and help a child understand the process of taking one’s questions to the text!

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  23. Cheryl – I’ve raised four children and I know when they are very young, they are satisfied with “The bible doesn’t say, so I don’t know” as an answer to such questions. Older children like the ones you have need more than that, so your idea of going to the Bible would work. I presumed Kizzie’s post referred to a young child, but she doesn’t specify, so we don’t know.

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  24. Oh, I see I didn’t mention I never got a letter of any sort in reply to my question. If you’re dealing with adults, it’s fair to say “We won’t answer questions by mail, but will only answer what questions we have time to answer on the air.” You can’t really do that with a child. (I don’t know that they said any such thing, anyway–but a child can’t necessarily listen every week, and it isn’t fair to expect them to write their questions but you won’t write back.) If a child takes time to write you a letter, it’s common courtesy to answer it!

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  25. The refrigerator I was talking about actually had a bar in the middle of where the doors opened up. Their new one did not. Perhaps it was an older model or something. Their new one has French doors, but it doesn’t have a bar in the middle. Maybe the former is not even made anymore.

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