44 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 3-2-18

  1. Morning all. Enjoy your Friday. Mine was full of lots of Book Week festivities. The children loved dressing up in their costumes: a motorcycle helmet wearing mouse, a mouse that someone gave a cookie to, Snow White, Bella, a lion, a tiger, a jaguar, Batman, a fireman’s dog, Pinkalicious,, lots of fun.

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  2. Good morning!

    That is a wonderful action shot in the header. Cheryl, your photos are good enough to compete with professional quality. Birdwatchers would love to see a book of what you have captured in the local park perhaps with a detail about where it was sighted. You could have a websight that updated on sightings to further generate ongoing interest in your book. A lot of parks now have community groups known as Friends of XYZ Park. My church is involved with that for our local park. The people in that group might be a source of support for you.

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  3. Thanks, Janice. I am thinking of the possibility of volunteering somehow in the local state park after we move. (We will probably live closer to a park after we move than we do now.)

    Blue jays drive me batty. I think they are gorgeous–though pesky–and I like to get photos of them. But unlike other birds they have never gotten used to seeing me at the window, and will fly the moment I show up. So I get a photo or two if they don’t see me immediately, but I’d like more chances. And I’ve tried and tried to get a good clear shot of a blue jay in flight, and have gotten several imperfect ones. I consider this an imperfect one, too–the bird is crystal clear, only the wings blurred . . . but the point of a bluebird shot, the patterns of color on the bird, are almost completely lost because it is at an angle from me and its wings do not show well. So I ended up laughing at this photo–once again, so close but not the picture I really want.

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  4. Cheryl, my husband had a wildlife officer convention down in Columbus, Indiana and there was a day trip to Brown County State Park for the spouses and families of the officers. Unfortunately, I didn’t go because it was a bused trip and I was worried about getting a migraine and being stuck on a bus with it. I’m regretting that decision now, but we did see a lot of the local area of Columbus and it was beautiful. That’s where I heard cicadas for the first time.

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  5. Good morning. Beautiful bird picture. We don’t have blue jays here, only pinon jays and stellar jays. The stellar jays are so brazen, that they steal dog food off the porch, all the while scolding you for looking at them.

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  6. Nightingale is working today, and The Boy’s school has an early dismissal for the weather. Right now, it’s only raining, but it is very windy, and a tree came down on a car on one of the roads. There have been warnings that the wind, and/or the heavy wet snow expected tonight, may cause a power outage.

    I’m hoping and praying we don’t lose our power.

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  7. Overnight musings when home sick. I slept off and on last night but was up from maybe 1:30 to 4 a.m. Tess had an accident in the kitchen but I have plastic sheeting laid out there now so it’s a pretty easy cleanup when that happens — just a matter of gathering that plastic sheeting up, bagging it all in fell swoop together in a ball, and carting it out to the outdoor trash can.

    Of course, since pickup was this morning, that meant a rather eerie trek down the driveway to the curb in the dead of pre-dawn hours when bad buys and coyotes lurk. I saw neither. And actually, we have a couple longshoremen on our block who tend to get home during those hours from the overnight shifts.

    Then I organized some books in the room off the kitchen while I was “up.” Did a lot of reading. Looked up historic house colors (again) on the iPad.

    At one point as I was lying in bed reading, there was a busy little spider on my bedroom ceiling weaving a web and dropping too close (but unreachable) toward the bed, so I had to get the broom to knock him down (didn’t wind up killing him though, he vanished somewhere around the dog beds on the floor). He was little, I wasn’t freaked out once he was off the ceiling.

    So back to reading. But in 20 minutes, there he was again on the ceiling! Same spot. Got the broom out again and knocked him down again to the floor but he vanished again.

    I’m not terrified of spiders which is good, but I really don’t like them hovering right over my bed. Annie was sleeping in the spare room but she would have loved the show. Bugs on walls or ceilings are some of her favorite things.

    Anyway, I’m up after sleeping until almost 9 a.m. after that, still congested and feeling under the weather. More rest for me today.

    We’ve had some rain and hopefully will get more throughout today and tomorrow, but looks like 50% chance so who knows. The sun is actually peeking through right now. Story of our (driest ever?) year.

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  8. The new shot is a pair of sandhill cranes from my visit to the state park this week. I walked one of the longer trails, which goes around a pond. In that pond we have seen beaver (once) muskrats (two or three times), wood ducks (once), mallards (several times), and two species of duck I have never seen anywhere else.

    It was near the end of February, certainly not spring, but it got up to 55 that day, and I figured that it was possible migrating ducks or muskrats would be out. I wanted wood ducks, to be honest, now that I have a camera with a longer lens. (My view of wood ducks on that pond were a long way away, and they were also in shade. No good photos.) The pond had no ducks of any varieties, just three pairs of geese. By this time of year it is very clear which geese belong together, as they stay very close together in couples. One pair flew in while I was watching (and I got landing shots), but two other pairs were already in place.

    As I moved around the end of the pond, I approached a grassy patch, and from it I could hear sandhill cranes vocalizing loudly. I could not see them, but I heard them and knew what they were. I hesitated getting closer, simply because wild animals can be unpredictable and cranes are big birds. But I had to go close to the grass because my path led right next to it, and birds are far more likely to flee a human than to attack. As I drew near the grass, I finally saw one bird, but I could only see its neck and head. I even got one shot (I think I sent it to AJ) that is humorous because the only thing showing is one bright orange eye and the red cap and a little bit of white from its face. Here is a bird that’s 3 1/2 or 4 feet tall, but it is so hidden in grass one can only see its eye?!

    At any rate, while I stood there watching for better shots, two cranes exploded into flight (I never even saw the second one), but I was zoomed wrong to get them until they were well into the sky, and flying away from me. But even though it is a shot from the rear, you can see heads and feet as well as the wings–and I love those wing tips on the left bird. (This photo did not make it into the book of photos I made of the park, since I already had sandhills in flight, but I was tempted.) It would have been great to get them exploding into flight, but I was zoomed way too tight for that and not expecting it. I wasn’t super close to them and they were well hidden; I don’t know if they were leaving because of me, or not.

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  9. The Salvation Army came and took the mountain from the garage with them. I thought the appt was for Saturday, but I was wrong. Good thing I was home sick I suppose, and the guys were very quick about getting it hauled down the driveway and into the truck within maybe 20 minutes.

    The garage looks a whole lot better. it really was a whole lot of stuff! I’ve been adding to that pile probably for 3-4 months now, it included some old floor lamps from “home” (my mom’s). And there will be more to come in another 1-2 months, I’m sure, but that was probably the biggest load I’ll have for them. Onward.

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  10. KIm @ 2:11
    Me tool
    I spent all day working on income tax. There was a problem and the computer wouldn’t allow me to post or even print the tax until I got it fixed.
    It took me a couple of hours to find the problem.
    I’m as tired now as if I had plowed a field.
    And less satisfied. I still have work to do because I owe NC some money.

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  11. I haven’t been commenting on YF’s Facebook stuff for quite a while, especially after Hubby’s death. But today she shared something that I felt needed a response, if not for her, at least for others who may be reading. Whenever she shares or writes something about Jesus that goes against His word, I feel I should reply. (Remember, she comes at this from the point of view of a liberal Christian, not an unbeliever, which to me, seems to make twisting His words even worse.)

    What she shared today (she didn’t write it, but believes it), said something like: Jesus never said anything about gay marriage or abortion, but He did say plenty about caring for the poor.

    My reply was that Jesus also did not talk about sexual abuse or wife beating, but that just shows that we cannot make any assumptions based on what He didn’t talk about. He did talk about marriage, though, and we know what He said about that. (I have shared those verses with her plenty of times. She’s always ignored them.)

    As for abortion, I said, He didn’t address it specifically, but He did talk about little ones, and as the Word, He was behind the writing of the verses about God knowing us from the womb, that we are fearfully and wonderfully made.

    Not too long afterwards, as I was kind of nervously expecting one of her long replies, I found that she had completely deleted the whole post. That’s what she does instead of acknowledging a good point, or admitting she may have been mistaken.

    I just pray that she will take my words, and the truth behind them, to heart. Just this morning, I was praying for her, along with some other messed up young people I know.

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  12. :blush: forgot to paste.
    For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.

    24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, 25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

    26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.

    28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality,[c] wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving,[d] unmerciful; 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.

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  13. Heavy stuff there;
    They didn’t have abortions in those day.
    It was a sacrifice of babies. That is roundly condemned throughout the Bible
    There will be a day of reckoning.
    Those stupid justifications for wickedness won’t work before the throne.

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  14. I’m curious, Kizzie, as to why you refer to YF as a Christian?

    (I don’t mean my question as a challenge. It’s an honest question, simply asked because I don’t understand.)

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  15. We still have clients in the office. I am tired and hungry. My brother put together Art’s new office desk chair today. It is a Serta and very comfy. It is Art’s 70th birthday present, and he received it a few days early.

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  16. I think we give the benefit of the doubt to those who profess to be Christians (but may have inconsistent beliefs or understandings about the faith and its implications). We’ve all had wrong ideas that only come into line with time and growing deeper.

    So we hope and pray that is the case with those who claim to be followers of Christ. Political differences may always exist, but on matters such as those Kizzie raised the Scriptures are pretty straight-forward. I have a FB friend (known her since we were kids) who is a liberal (Methodist) Christian and has a deep and passionate support for gay marriage. (She follows a blogger (a rude jerk in my view, but there you go) who is a “Red Letter” Christian and delights in ridiculing conservative evangelicals — there’s a real anger there that also comes out in my friend’s posts at times.)

    Regarding her unorthodox views on gay marriage — she’s not gay as far as I know but was molested as a child and never married, she had to spend many years in counseling to get through all of that. It was a tremendous trauma and caused her even to drop out of high school (she later went to college and became a librarian). So part of what is going on there may be part of a personal inability — stemming from her own hard experiences? Or maybe some other experience, close friends or relatives who are gay? — to see some of the sexual issues in a light separate from that bias, I don’t know.

    But from our private messages in the past, I do believe she is a believer.

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  17. Happy early birthday to Art 🙂

    After a steaming bowl of chicken noodle soup, I slept for 2 hours this afternoon, only woke up when the dogs started barking at the arrival of the mail. It’s their job.

    Looks cloudy out and it’s been raining off and on all day, but lightly.

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  18. BTW, my friend also is in a denomination, of course, that waffles on those issues.

    But here’s a case in point regarding abortion and how many professing Christians, even in conservative denominations, believe it should be legal. From Veith (our own pastor recently said the western church today is weak and underfed, this may be part of that):

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/geneveith/2018/03/church-members-who-believe-in-abortion-by-denomination/

    Church Members Who Believe in Abortion, by Denomination
    MARCH 2, 2018 BY GENE VEITH

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    Lots of church members believe in abortion. That’s understandable, I suppose, since lots of churches are liberal in their theology and officially approve of the practice. But lots of members of conservative churches, whose teachings are clearly pro-life, also believe in abortion.

    D. C. McAllister, writing in The Federalist, assembles the statistics in her article Yes, You Can Be Pro-Choice And A Christian, Even Though It’s Not Consistent.

    She gets her data from a Pew Research study, which gives the percentage of church members who believe that abortion should be legal in all or most circumstances:

    Episcopal Church: 72%

    United Church of Christ: 72%

    Presbyterian Church USA: 65%

    Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: 65%

    African Methodist Episcopal Church: 64%

    United Methodist Church: 58%

    National Baptist Convention: 57%

    Anglican Church: 56%

    Presbyterian Church in America: 54%

    Orthodox Christian: 53%

    Catholic: 48%

    American Baptist Churches USA: 47%

    Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod: 46%

    Seventh-day Adventist: 42%

    Church of God in Christ: 41%

    Churches of Christ: 36%

    Southern Baptist Convention: 30%

    Mormon: 27%

    Church of the Nazarene: 27%

    Assemblies of God: 26%

    Church of God (Cleveland, Tenn.): 20%

    Jehovah’s Witness: 18%

    The first seven are mostly-liberal denominations, so the results are to be expected. But then we learn that a majority of members in the break-away Anglicans, the conservative Presbyterians, and the supposedly-never-changing Orthodox church are pro-abortion!

    The Catholic church is rigorously pro-life in its teachings, but nearly half–48%–of its members believe in abortion anyway?

    The American Baptists are the liberal branch of that movement, so I’m surprised that a slim majority of its members are, in fact, pro-life.

    But then we come to my own Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, which is strongly pro-life in its teachings, its official positions, and its ministry. I am shocked that close to half, 46%, of our members, according to this data, “believe that abortion should be legal in all or most circumstances.” …
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  19. Donna. That confirms what I said before:
    We don’t need an evangelist, we need a prophet.
    It is possible, given the indoctrination of our young people, for someone to be born again and still not understand that some things are sin.
    And God hates sin.
    I violate the Sabbath observance every “Sunday after church.
    I haven’t been convicted about it. But, other than lunch, I observe a relatively quiet Sunday.

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  20. Sigh.

    To be clear, I’m not saying, “YF isn’t a Christian.”

    We’ve all had wrong ideas that only come into line with time and growing deeper.

    Absolutely. I don’t disagree with that.

    I asked Kizzie because, not only do I not know YF’s heart (along with all the rest of us), but I’m also not on Facebook, where I can see all the young woman’s posts. Kizzie also has the benefit of having actually met the woman, and can probably shed more light on what I’m not seeing than anyone.

    When I read things about YF like “twisting His words,” “other messed up young people,” remarks about her anger (expressed other times, not today), and similar examples, with little to nothing good about her, then almost all of what I see about her looks like bad fruit.

    In other words, I’m hearing virtually nothing about any good fruit that could show her to be a follower of Christ. It doesn’t mean she doesn’t have any. It doesn’t mean she isn’t a Christian.

    It just means I don’t see it, and I want to.

    Is there some good fruit in this woman’s life? Please share it.

    If she’s going to be talked about outside of Facebook, I want to hear some good news about her.

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  21. 6 Arrows – I realize I wasn’t clear in the beginning of my earlier comment. But what DJ said pretty much explained it – YF considers herself a Christian, and believes that she loves Jesus with all her heart, and that Jesus is a very important part of her life. That is why I said she comes from a liberal Christian point of view.

    In the past, I have taken her at her word, that she is truly a believer, but I must admit that her fruit is severely lacking. The contempt she shows for conservatives, Republicans, pro-lifers, conservative Christians, etc. borders on hatred at times. She exaggerates to the point of deception. At some point, I came to think that she currently has an unteachable spirit, and believe me, I do not say that lightly or easily. And I hope that I am wrong.

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  22. It is true that I have only mentioned YF’s bad fruit, because that is what I see. And, sadly, I see more of it than I even share here. What really bothers me is when I see it in my Chickadee, hear her saying something just like YF would, with the same tone of voice even. I really hate the influence she and her sister have over my daughter, which includes how she sees herself.

    But yes, of course, there is good in YF. From what I’ve seen, she tries to be a good friend to her friends, and she helps out her parents at home. I think I wrote about being surprised and touched by her reaction at Hubby’s memorial service, how she looked at me with tears in her eyes, and talked about Hubby being with Jesus now.

    I lift her and her sister up in prayer every day, as I do my own daughters.

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  23. Just did some Facetime with my daughter and little Archie. She feels somehow that it is not fair that I don’t have enough vacation to come home in June. Like my organization is at fault for their vacation policies. Actually, to do a four week trip to the states is just too hard on me. All of those time zones, etc. Not sure how to say that kindly. I did say it, but not sure if she heard it.

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  24. Chas, and I’d say what we really need are stronger, more faithful churches — churches that do not rely on light, short sermons, churches that take the preaching and teaching of the Word of God deeper & take theology more seriously, churches (and Christians) who are a bit less comfortable (I’m guilty) in what has become a very easy culture in which to be a believer, churches that challenge us more.

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  25. 6 Arrows is right that I have shared too much negativity about YF.

    As you can all probably see from what I wrote above, much of that comes from my concern about her influence over Chickadee. And the few of you who have had any discussion with her on any of my Facebook posts, which happens rarely, can attest that she has quite the superior attitude.

    The things I’ve shared here have been to express my frustration with her attitude at times, yes, but also as a picture of what is going on in the minds of some young Christians. What I shared today also had to do with the fact that I had just been praying for her, and others, with these errant views. It struck me that she happened to post that thing the same day I was praying about those kinds of views. (There was much more to my prayers than that, though.)

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  26. Good night, Kizzie. Thank you for your articulate responses.

    Will be praying for restful sleep for you tonight.

    Gotta run. Nosebleed starting.

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  27. We left the office at 10:15 p.m. I had an avocado with corn chips and peanuts for dinner a bit ago, and now I am having a midnight snack of a cup of plain low fat yogurt. Gotta love the night life in Atlanta!

    I had planned on leaving early, but as usual, I get drawn in to all the work and never feel like I can leave. It was partly that way because my brother was occupied for some hours putting together Art’s new chair. I could have left except for that.

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  28. That does sound like the perfect gift for a 70th birthday.
    Aj must be sleeping in on your Saturday morning.
    Just got back from watching our high school production of the Pirates of Penzance. They did a wonderful job and it was even better as it had some of my former students in starring roles.

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