64 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 12-2-17

  1. I get confused with the old picture up there.
    I started not to scroll down to see the new date.
    Good morning Aj, et. al.
    I have a busy day.
    Youngest great-grandson turns one today. They are having a party for him. First ever party for a one year old that I’ve attended.
    And, SS teacher called yesterday. Asked if I would teach tomorrow. Of course I said yes.
    Lesson’ on Paul’s sermon in Antioch, Acts 13.
    I think I told you that his wife fell last week. Broke her hip. He says she is recovering well.
    And our church has the “living-singing Christmas tree’ at the mall today. I need to take Elvera to see that.
    No football today that I care about.

    Up and at ’em everyone.

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  2. KI from yesterday’s prayer thread: it is illegal here as well. Liability is required. A lot of folk don’t have it but we require it on all of our vehicles. Son had it on his until he thought he had sold it and made the mistake of taking the insurance off before handing over the title. We told him to get it back on as long as the title was in his name but, apparently, he did not have the money to do so and neglected to tell us that. I suspect, if he had called USAA and explained, they would have simply reinstated his insurance that he had paid for already. But we will never know. I have learned that a lot of people need to learn the hard way. Fortunately, the car did not cause any damage to others so insurance should not be an issue. And there is no way the car was worth enough to have insurance pay him anything for repairs so all is well. Sort of. And he does not hang with that sort of people, but that sort of people answered his ad on Craigs list or whatever.

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  3. I kept thinking yesterday was Saturday because I was off.

    I have a busy one today, I have to:

    * go pick up dog meds (vet is a distance away)

    * then hit a store for an under-sink organizer I saw online (now that the leak is fixed and garbage disposal is gone, I have more room under the sink but need to figure out a way to better organize all that stuff so it’s not in there in just a big jumble, forcing me to haul everything out just to reach something — or forgetting I even have something back there altogether)

    * get sink guy’s $ out of an ATM and figure out how to get it to him today sometime

    * go to the grocery store to get makings for spaghetti casserole, which I hope to have time also to make this afternoon; otherwise it has to be done late tonight

    * pick 2 women up for the church Christmas party tonight which starts at 5 p.m., so I have to leave here by around 4.

    I remember seeing a living Christmas tree performance by a local church once years ago, fun. Elvera & you will enjoy that, Chas.

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  4. Glad to know he is not hanging around with those people, mumsee. Now I understand. I hope he can salvage something out of the mess.

    I once went without insurance myself. There was a mix-up and I never realized it. Fortunately, I never got in an accident during that particular period.

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  5. Good morning. I’m still fighting the remnants of this cold. Yecch!

    I saw a “living Christmas tree” once. In my opinion, it has no place in a church building, but a mall would be a great place for one. The one i saw was in a large Baptist church (Cheryl might know of this one: Scottsdale Baptist). It took up the whole front of the sanctuary, so much so that it reminded me of an idol one would see in a pagan temple. I only went because a friend and her mother were in the choir.

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  6. The one I saw was presented at a local community or school auditorium that was rented by the church, not in the church itself, and on a Saturday I believe. Agree with Peter, it’s strictly a fun “side” kind of event churches can put on for the wider community, it’s not something I’d want to see in a church, esp on a Sunday morning, either.

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  7. Good morning! I, too, have been up for hours. We have 8 children at our house today. Should be interesting. I am hoping to get some labor out of them. They have been up since before 7. Time to redirect energy from play to work.

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  8. Insurance is always a good thing when there is potential to hurt others.

    (Said the woman who made a claim for a car she hit yesterday, sigh. A 4 inch crack in the bumper won’t be much, right? I don’t care, she wasn’t hurt. My car didn’t care either and at this point, who cares?)

    Unfortunately, too many people during our October event had paid off their houses and didn’t carry fire insurance. Ponder that a moment. They’re completely broke and no way to pay to have their house rebuilt.

    In happier new, or at least in light of recent news events, here’s an interesting post by World Magazine’s Janie Cheaney: Why Sex?

    http://www.janiebcheaney.com/?p=1103

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  9. And here is a really interesting video about Dubai–a place I’ve heard about from friends and relatives but never visited. An excellent teaser video made by a writer’s Iphone:

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  10. Our boy scouts cut down a living tree in the forest once and we used it in our house for Christmas. 🙂

    It came with it’s own cheeping tree frog–which chatted the entire month and intrigued the cat, who seldom left the bottom of the tree.

    We wondered how it could survive that long indoors, but it was still croaking when we hauled the tree out and dumped it on our back acreage.

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  11. We’ve never had any wildlife in our trees cut from the forest. My boss had a mouse nest in his with a dead mouse in it – fortunately, he saw it before they brought it in the house 🙂

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  12. I’m off to the Christmas in the Country in Christopher Lake today with a friend. Basically, it’s a craft sale at the legion hall and then the stores in town all have specials. I’m going to the craft/bake sale – looking for gifts and baking.

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  13. Ah, the living Christmas tree….every year the Baptist church of which husband’s family attended, always had that performance. My dear mother in law was the church organist and she had many practice sessions with the choir.
    We once had a tradition of cutting down our own tree at the Christmas tree farm..which was also an Alpaca farm. One year we brought the tree inside and we began smelling something “off”. We had cut our tree in the front section of the property where the alpaca corral was located…not thinking. Sure enough our tree smelled like alpaca poo…tree went outside that year…we purchased a new one at Home Depot 🌲

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  14. Resting a bit this morning after getting sick last night. Went to a lovely Sunday school party with lots of good food and a family group leading the singing. When I went to bed my nose was running and I had a bit of a cough. So I decided to take robitussin to help me sleep. Woke up an hour later and was very sick. I was up for an hour and when I finally went to bed I was so chilled that it took me an hour to get warm and fall asleep. I will not be taking that again.

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  15. This is the most amazing podcast I’ve ever heard.

    Before the show finished, I went to Barnes and Noble and bought the book! I’ve never done that before. If you’ve got some time, parts one and two, are shocking and so wonderful to listen to!

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  16. Jo, have you ever had any allergy testing? That whole event sounds like an allergic reaction to me. Runny nose, cough, then throwing up – all symptoms of allergy. And you had foods that you didn’t make, so you don’t know what all was in each of them.

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  17. Note: my husband’s allergy to seafood did not show up on the skin tests, but the allergist sent him for blood work where it showed up and the doctor phoned him immediately (that doesn’t usually happen up here)

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  18. I agree that it was a violent, allergic reaction. I don’t think it was ny of the food I ate as that was so many hours earlier and I felt fine when I went to bed. I am thinking it was the robitussin. It happened one hour after I took it.

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  19. Also, Jo, if the Robitussin had decongestant (Robitussin-D, I believe it is labeled), then it constricts blood vessels affecting circulation and that could have increased your sense of being chilled. People with certain medical conditions are not suppose to take the D type. Plain Robitussin should not affect anything other than thinning mucous unless you are truly allergic to the few ingredients.

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  20. To me, the plain Robitussin is almost the same as Mucinex except it is liquid. Mucinex is our go to medicine for colds. It lasts twelve hours rather than the shorter time a dose of Robitussin lasts.

    If not an allergic reaction then I would suspect the flu. When I have had the flu, it is a sudden really bad, knock you down, kind of bug.

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  21. I have not had to take Mucinex for at least three years now. 😊 I need to knock on wood.

    I saw a singing Christmas tree once as part of a Christmas play not at a church. My church, which has an outreach arts and drama program, is doing Miracle on 34th Street this weekend. I can’t find time to attend. I know it is a good production. After our church changes to the new thing, I do not know if we will continue that outreach.

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  22. Two hours and no comments? Y’all must be having a fine Saturday afternoon. I worked a bit in the yard this morning with my brother. He found one of our azaleas in bloom! Amazing for December. The temp is in the sixties today.

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  23. I’ve been out blowing leaves for the last 3 hours. And that was just the ones we didn’t get last week! Well, some of them. A lot of them were the ones I blew off the driveway. It bisects the front yard at an angle, so these were the ones on the street side of the driveway.

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  24. I was out picking up dog meds and then buying a few gifts & groceries, along with a quick stop at the auto mechanic’s. There was a loud squealing in my car today, turns out it was a belt that needed replacing which they did quickly and for free.

    I now only have about an hour before I have to leave to pick up people for the church party tonight — I need to get the back seats up in the Jeep, let’s hope they still work! I’ll have to make the casserole late into the night tonight, I guess. I am going to try to stop in briefly at the dog park Christmas party also after dropping everyone off, hoping I can get the rest of the money handed over to the guy (he should be there) who did my plumbing fix.

    We continue to bask in warm weather here, we can’t seem to break out of the mid 70s pushing 80 range, which definitely does not make it feel very Christmas-y.

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  25. I went to Kroger, again, and got one of Art’s meds. Will try again next week for the other. Why handle it in one trip when I can make it two? Actually I decided to go to get some of the gloves I use for dishwashing, you know, those Playtex Living Gloves? If I ever see them moving on their own I will freak out. Unless they are doing the dishes by themselves in which case I will do a happy dance and cheer them on.

    I went by where we met Kim for dinner. Kroger is around the corner from Chris Pizza.

    Kim, they got their sign fixed. When I saw the neon sign had the first letter missing on it I was afraid you would not know it was the meetup place. But you are very smart in finding your way around. You were already inside while we waited and I worried you might think the place would never be found. I hope Mr. P enjoyed the food you took back to him.

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  26. I had energy today. I read some this morning. Went to town and bought a hand painted Christmas ornament for Mr P’s sister. Went to Staples to pick up business cards that have been ready since November 15th
    Went to Hobby Lobby to pick up stuff to make wreaths and decorate the office. (I won’t be doing the work)
    Went to Sams didn’t get anything
    Went to Allegri’s for great vegetables
    Went to the Pig for chuck roast
    Put up kitchen tree with Mr P’s grandmothers ornaments
    Ironed two table clothes to decorate kitchen table
    Decorated the mantle over the fireplace
    I’m done for the day

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  27. Michelle, I went to your 1:00 link, and what started playing was one of those “I died and went to heaven, and this is what I learned” stories, so I turned it off. Is that what you intended to post, or did the wrong link come through?

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  28. The Dubai video was really interesting–meant to watch it earlier but my hubby was watching a video and I try not to compete with his bandwidth. 🙂 But it was interesting and not at all what I expected of the city.

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  29. Long night, but fun church party — catered dinner, conga line (among the songs — “Sweet Home, Alabama” at full blast), good message and carols at the end. The kids were jumping all over — we probably had 300 people altogether there tonight — so a lot of energy.

    I drove an older woman whose passion is theology and a younger new member (in her 20s) and her dog, an Aussie named Daisy, who is her therapy dog following what was a horrendous car accident that left the owner in a lot of pain and not able to drive.

    I’m beat, but I still have the casserole to make. I’m taking a break before embarking on that late-night task.

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  30. Daughter just left after dropping in with Archie. She needed a break as her husband is sick and they have a very tiny house. He was well entertained here. We had fun. The house is slightly messy as Archie decided to pull things to the floor. Oh, well….

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  31. Link for the first Sunday of Advent: https://travellerunknownblog.wordpress.com/2017/12/03/advent-season-december-3rd-2017/. The sermon today was on Isaiah chapter 40, so it coincided nicely with what I had already decided to post today.

    QoD: Is it possible to have membership in two churches?

    Cheryl, have you ever seen recent pictures from Mecca? It too is a thoroughly modern city. The Grand Mosque and the Kaaba are now surrounded by skyscrapers and shopping malls: https://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2016/06/12/magazine/the-modern-journey-to-mecca/s/12mecca5.html. Ironically, some of this modernization is due to the conservative and puritanical Wahhabism of Saudi Arabia. The ancient historical sites were often treated as shrines (remember what I said about Sufism venerating saints) so the Wahhabis have wiped out the past to prevent it being venerated.

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  32. Roscuro, re membership in two churches, it depends on the church. The church I attended in college years had a “college membership” without voting rights; I elected to have full membership, as I knew I would never return to the church I was attending before college. (I never thought about it till just now, but literally I was never back there again. Hmmm, it’s possible I went one time with my sister, but I have only been back to Phoenix a handful of times since I enrolled in college more than a quarter century ago, and I’ve gone to church with family if I’m there on a Sunday, but I felt no connection to the church I attended for my last two years before college and had no need to hold my membership there.)

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  33. Phos, it is possible to have membership in two churches.
    Membership rolls are administrative tools, it isn’t a spiritual thing.
    I have never been a member of two.
    When I went to Purdue, I moved my membership.
    I am likely the only person to have joined Boulevard BC in Falls Church three times.
    And I tithed to the church to which I belonged at the time.
    But if I hadn’t moved my membership, I still could have joined the local church.

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  34. Well, I’d say that church membership is a bit more than simply an administrative tool, it’s a formal relationship in which the members are spiritually under that particular church and accountable to it and to one another.

    Ideally you’d be a member of only one church (though perhaps it’s possible, in a period of transition such as a long-distance move, to retain membership in a former church — but typically when one joins a new church the former church is notified and the members are either transferred — in the case of the same or a similar denomination — or the old membership is ended allowing for membership in a new church to move forward).

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  35. Interestingly, church membership has fallen into disuse among many (most?) independent evangelical churches where people tend to come and go at will. When our church changed from one those to join with the Presbyterians, our pastor said they probably lost the most people over that one issue. Many balked (and walked) at having a formal membership relationship to the church.

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  36. I have never heard of formal membership in two churches. If I felt that could have been an option, then I would have continued membership with Art in his church and been a member at my present church, too. That would have been being a Methodist and a Baptist at the same time. There would have been a few conflicts with that. Probably it would work best to have membership in two churches within the same denomination if the churches allow for that.

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  37. DJ did ya’ll say “Roll Tide, Roll” during the appropriate pauses?

    I never liked the song Sweet Home Alabama until I was in college in Marlyland in the dead of winter and terribly homesick. It would come on one of the radio stations and I would turn the heat up in my car, open the sunroof and sing with all my might.

    NancyJill I went to Sams looking for Christmas stuff. I didn’t see anything. Hobby Libby and Tuesday Morning are picked over. When I asked I was told everything came in after July 4th.
    Now, I love Christmas and decorating for it just as much as anyone I know but the middle of Summer is a little too early even for me

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  38. I remember a former pastor at the Methodist church wanted the new church directory to be all inclusive and not make distinction between members and those who had not formally committed to membership. It bothered me a little because I feel formal membership has certain responsibilities with it and I wanted to know who was truly committed to the church. But I recognize that he did not want formal membership to be a stumbling block to anyone growing spiritually. I do not know if more recent pastors there handled it differently.

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  39. Well, I’m about to become a member of two churches. I was tired of being in limbo between being a member of my family’s church and going to school here, so being a dual member seemed like the best option at this point. I always considered myself a member of my family church, ever since I was baptized there, but I didn’t have official membership in that church until shortly before I left for West Africa. I was commissioned by that church, and I still bear a lot of loyalty towards the members and not just those who are members of my family. At the same time, I’m increasingly concerned at the direction the church is taking since Pastor A resigned. I will be part of the city church for at least one more year, and I felt the need to make that membership official, even though I’ve already been operating as if I was a member.

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  40. A Presbyterian conga line is something to behold. Very orderly, of course, as you might expect, but I do believe a few chairs were knocked over along the route.

    This morning during communion (the elders & deacons pass the bread and individual cups in trays as we remain seated in the congregation) I soon realized that my little plastic cup of wine had a crack in it. Slowly seeping wine. Drip. Drip. Drip. I held the cracker underneath it to try to absorb the dribble, hoping the pastor would hurry through his remarks.

    Awkward. In the end, I wound up with sticky fingers, a soggy, purple cracker and a blob of a wine stain on the (thankfully dark) carpet near my feet (I was assured by someone I reported it to that they manage to get those out, I’m sure it’s not a first).

    I’m looking forward to a new Advent devotional I bought this year, “Come Let Us Adore Him” by Paul David Tripp. The readings are every day from Dec. 1-31.

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  41. I was given that devotional last year as a Christmas gift. It is at my parents’ place 🙂 Living in two different places means that you are constantly forgetting things you might need or use for one place in the other place.

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  42. We got a beautiful spruce tree today. It is now decorated with my antique ornaments and old fashioned lead-type tinsel (not the really shiny soft stuff, but a soft twisted metal). I’m happy with my old timey tree.

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  43. All I know is that Clemson is going against those “Roll Tide” people again….hmmm (our neighbor’s are grads of that Alabama school…she texted me during church today about it all…my Fitbit vibrated with her message….I always turn the phone to silent in church!!
    Kare I love the old scrunchy tinsel on trees!! 🎄

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  44. Sometimes one falls asleep on the couch and must get up to go to sleep in a bed. That just happened here. Since it is 12:15 a.m., I can say, “Goodnight,” and, “Good morning,” both at the same time ❤

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