57 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 6-23-18

  1. I return to D.C. this morning, speak this afternoon in Alexandria, go out to dinner with 7 dear friends from Hawaii, church tomorrow, fly home at 5:30 tomorrow night. Trying to decide if I want to/ the Lord wants me to try to catch my Georgetown niece for brunch after church.

    I guess that’s a prayer request. I get close to calling her then back away.

    OC, of course, always says to tarry.

    I really think I’d like to visit the National Gallery of Art.

    🙂

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  2. Morning all. A rainy winter day here, but even with the rain it was still a lovely temperature. Did a lot of shopping for things to take back. Still having some lingering effects from last night’s sickness, but walked over five miles today.

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  3. Good morning.

    Maybe niece would enjoy seeing the art museum with Michelle?

    I have unpacked suitcases this a.m..and now need to sort laundry. But should I go pick up Miss Bosley first? I think I should go get her, but she will want me to tarry with her in cuddle time and then chores will be neglected. Poor kitty. Storms are expected later so I should get with laundry while I can. The vet’s office closes at noon. So my mind goes back and forth. What to do? What to do? WWJD? Pray!

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  4. Michele, where will you be worshiping tomorrow? I noticed you mentioned PRince Of Peace – that is the home church of our Pastor’s wife.

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  5. I picked up Miss Bosley. I had to pay $340.00 to get her. That was for four nights of boarding, an exam, three year rabies and distemper shots, an application of Revolution, and a seditive to be able to do all that. Whew! Pet ownership gets expensive. Too bad we can not write that off as part of business travel expense.

    I decided I can work on inmate Bible study review while Miss Bosley enjoys cuddle time. Good answer for WWJD?

    My church is seeming to be closer to doing the contract with North Point/Decatur City Church. It has been a long process. The attorney for my church is reviewing the cpntract now before it gets signed next week. Then renovations can begin, and Decatur City can start up there in January.

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  6. Miss Bosley is in my lap having a purr before she naps. She is not crazy meowing like sometimes when we pick her up. The doc/vet put on her chart that she was grouchy for her exam.

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  7. Good Morning All. I slept until almost 9 so I feel like I slept half the day away. Obviously I needed it.
    I got 2 listings under contract this week and an accepted offer on a new construction home. Two will close in July and one in August.
    Great story about one. I have had a house listed for sale since last September. Everyone loves the house but not the trailer next to it (owned by someone else). I received an offer last Saturday for $230,000 but was unable to get in touch with the seller. I finally contacted his daughter. She told me he was at a retreat and would not be back until late Sunday night. We spoke on Monday. We were working through the negotiations. The time period ran out. Wednesday I received two offers. The first had come up to $250,000 and a second was for $290,000. I commented to the seller that we had gone since last September without a single offer and suddenly we were in a multiple offer situation (there was the possibility of a third offer coming in on Thursday). He said it was because he went to the retreat and most of it in silence and prayer.

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  8. On Facebook a few days ago, I shared an article from World’s website, about the folks testifying in opposition to California’s bill to ban conversion/reparative therapy for adults, and explaining that it is not the torture many think it is. (I think they may have already banned it for minors.)

    YF expressed her firm conviction that this therapy is wrong and harmful, and even adults should not be allowed to have it, that the only reason a person would find same-sex attraction unwanted is self-hate due to the stigma against homosexuality. She would not accept at all that there could be any other reason for a person to find those feelings unwanted. (“There’s no argument to be had. Conversion therapy is wrong.”) And sadly, she is not the only one who thinks this way.

    Elsewhere, I saw an article that says that the World Health Organization has determined that transgender people are not mentally ill. But of course they are, and this will make it harder for people who want to help them.

    Who would have guessed 20 years ago, maybe even 10 years ago, that attitudes on these topics would have swung so wildly left so quickly? Part of that is good, in that the hateful, hurtful attitudes that many had towards homosexuals or “transexuals”, as they used to be known, were very wrong and harmful. But the pendulum has swung beyond being kind and understanding to being fully accepting and approving.

    Again, I think of my Chickadee being under YF’s influence, and it hurts my heart. YF’s attitude on almost every issue is that those who oppose what she accepts (or vice versa) are full of hate. And of course, if someone is hateful, then you can fully dismiss any argument they may have. I fear Chickadee has adopted this attitude, too, as seemingly have many people on social media, on both the left and the right.

    I continue to pray for my own daughters and the McK daughters, as well as for some other young folk, and for our people in general. It is hard to “keep believing” when it looks like things are getting worse, not better, but I also know that that is often how it goes before God moves in a big way. Praying for revival and a new great awakening.

    Here’s the link to the article I mentioned: https://world.wng.org/content/minority_voices#.WymuF8Is1Ho.facebook

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  9. That is such a heart hurting situation, Kizzie. But arguing or trying to persuade others to look at anything that does not support their view will just make them dig their heels in more firmly. I guess from my point of view, rather than being in a constant state of aching over this, I would have to work toward an even greater surrender of the child to God. The battle is the Lord’s for it involves so many in our culture. Yes, we need a new great awakening. Such things happen after righteous people pray for a lengthy time.

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  10. Janice – I am indeed working toward an even greater surrender of my children (including The Boy) to God. I’m better at it than I used to be, but I still have a ways to go. 🙂

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  11. The Boy has developed a habit, sort of a tic, I guess you could say, of all of a sudden clapping his hands loudly several times. This habit/tic has spilled over into his time at school, too, and the teacher has to tell him to stop. (He does.) It’s very annoying, because it comes out of the blue, and I happen to have a “sensory issue” to loud noises like that.
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    Coming home from work late the other night (1:30 in the morning, actually, after working overtime a couple hours), Nightingale saw a mama cat and her kittens scattering across the road near where she needed to turn into our lane. She described it as the kittens freaking out about her car coming, and scattering in different directions, and Mama Cat panicking and yelling, “Kids! Get over here!”

    She saw where they eventually went, into the yard of one of our neighbors, so she came in and got some cat food for the mama cat. She was able to give it to her, although the cat would not come to her.

    The next morning, the cat and kittens were nowhere to be found, which made her sad. She wanted to rescue them and find homes for them.

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  12. I saw that thread, kizzie, very frustrating and like talking to a block wall, isn’t it? There simply *is* no “other” side to the issue that deserves consideration. Period. End of discussion. It’s all very black and white (which I found interesting in dealing with psychological matters that always include so many gray areas in human beings, simply by our very complex nature that must allow for genetics, environment and life experiences — strict science it’s not).

    Paint prep continues, workers clearing brush from the house today and washing down stucco. I’m excited for the outcome, I think/hope it’ll look really nice and will make a huge difference in the way my little house looks.

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  13. On a funny / sad note, I was reading a journal entry from July 2016 in which I wrote that as soon as the new roof was finished and repairs made to patio/front port overhangs, I’d be ready to paint — and that would be it!

    Little did I know …

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  14. Thankful for the Lord allowing you to see the completion of all those house projects, Donna. Did you ever think of Moses and the Promised Land while going through it? It has been neat to “watch” it all happening here on the blog.

    The home I stayed in with my friend caring for the elderly dog was quite impressive. The lady of the house is a descendant of Rutherford B. Hayes so I got to see and sit on a sofa that belonged to his family. I don’t think I have ever been in a house with so many collectibles before. I felt a little bit nervous about touching anything and found my eyes feeling tired from trying to take it all in when in only one room. I really enjoyed being with the friendly yet feeble dog, and it was a joy to be with my friend and former apartment mate. We did not discuss politics and we got along as well as we did back when we had the apartment together in our twenties. She got married first and I later followed so the last place each of us lived before marriage was in that apartment. She is a little more than a month younger than I, and her husband and Art were born in the same month of the same year.

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  15. My husband had his procedure Thursday, the one to burn kill the nerves in his knee using a laser. They said it will take a week to feel the full effect, as the procedure severed the nerves but the nerve tissue still has to die (at least that’s the gist of how I understood what he said they told him).

    In the meantime, there is still pain from the procedure itself. They gave him Valium and hydrocodone first, as well as local anesthetic, but I guess those didn’t have as much effect as hoped for, because he said it was very painful, like having a cavity filled without getting novocaine, but five times worse. By the end he felt like he was going to either faint or throw up.

    Now there’s not a lot of pain, but he keeps getting tingles. We’ll see how tomorrow goes, Sunday being the most difficult day physically because he is standing quite a bit of the time, even though he sits now to preach. (Some people like it better this way, as he’s not behind the pulpit, and his tone seems more conversational. Though naturally there are a few who find fault with this, as with, it seems, everything he does.)

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  16. In taking my laundry to the utility room, my head was almost assaulted by the top of one of those shop type brooms that my brother had used in sweeping. He always stands brooms on their handles. I always put the brush part down. Is that a man thing? I do not understand. Please, if anyone can give me a clue, I would appreciate it before I ask my brother to do it my way. I don’t like my hair getting tangled in anything except for a hairbrush!

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  17. Janice, I’ve never seen anyone do it that way, and even if it is his way of doing things, it is fair enough to ask him to do it your way in your house.

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  18. Oddly, there’s a broom at the dog park. It’s wedged in one of the trees but it sometimes flies/falls out with the wind so you have to beware of it.

    I think I’ve mentioned that Carol has a new beau at the residence. He seems very nice but they apparently are now in the habit of “making out,” as she puts it, in the patio and generally in the common areas; really just wherever, from the sounds of it.

    I told her that was maybe something they shouldn’t be doing.

    She said it was Ok because “There’s hardly anyone in the patio” anyway.

    I said “That’s probably why.”

    She has no understanding of appropriate behavior sometimes, it’s all very childlike, of course. I told her those kinds of displays, if you will, can (and usually do) make other people very uncomfortable.

    They just celebrated their 2-month “anniversary.”

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  19. Some people put broom handles down with the bristles up so they don’t bend out of shape. The best thing to do is hang them from hooks or something on the wall, bristles down.

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  20. Peter, if you are hanging it on a hook, I think it needs to go bristles up (unless there is a hole on the handle to hang it).

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  21. Oh, these are very helpful comments. My brother is very cost conscious so I just realized from Peter’s comment that my brother might think it saves wear and tear on the bristles to have them up. And since he lives in the country, he always has nibbling creatures in his yard. The deer nibble in his veggie garden, the weasel nibbles his chickens, a snake nibbles his eggs, so it is logical that other critters nibble his brooms. I would just ask him, but if he finds that something irritates me, he will do it his way since he seems to enjoy teasing me in a childish way. He is good to do the yard work so I just want to keep the peace and not make something minor into an issue.

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  22. Sunday morning here. I just listened to John Piper’s message on missions. I downloaded it from his web site several years ago and finally got around to listening.
    Very powerful. It reconfirms my call. I am planning on going finish in three years, unless God has other ideas.

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  23. DJ – Your comment about cats and collectibles and such reminded me of this: We know the earth cannot be flat, because if it were, cats would have knocked everything off it by now.

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  24. Here is what Nightingale wrote on Facebook the day after trying to help the mama cat and kittens:

    “Sooo if you happened to be driving down [the street our lane is off of] around 1:30 a.m. and saw a woman crawling around her neighbor’s front yard, making kissy sounds and meows… that was me. Just trying to gain the trust of a mama cat and her kittens that were scattering all over the road when I got home from work.”

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  25. I had a wonderful hourlong nap after workers left. We’re having our June Gloom cool, misty weather — we even got some brief rain last night, enough to let my car look marginally better

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  26. Cheryl – there are hooks that are hinged such that whatever hangs on it pulls the hook down so it holds the handle. Gravity is helpful sometimes.

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  27. Wonderful church service this a.m. Thankful to be there after missing last Sunday. I went to a new Sunday school class today. We are doing a Chip Ingram study on spitual gifts.

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  28. FYI, an e-mail I sent to the lady who teaches Elvera’s SS Class.

    (her name) I was looking at the handout you gave Elvera, about the “Direct descendants of David”. It has an error. It has Jesus being a direct descendant of King Solomon. He was, according to the genealogy in Matthew, a legal descendant through Joseph, his legal father and had a claim to the throne of Israel.
    However, Jeremiah 22:30 says that no descendant of Jeconiah shall sit on the throne of David.
    This presents a problem. But Luke 3:31says that Jesus was a physical descendant, through Mary, of Nathan, also a son of David through Bathsheba. Both Solomon and Nathan were descendants of Bathsheba, likely a Hittite, since her first husband was Hittite.
    So? Jesus was a direct descendant of David and Bathsheba, but through Nathan, not Solomon.

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  29. DJ – I was distracted yesterday, and forgot to reply to your comment about YF’s comments on my Facebook post. I smiled when I saw your reply to her asking for data.

    Did you see how condescending she was to Elisa? Granted, the video Elisa shared wasn’t really connected to the issue, but YF’s comment that she could debunk it with a sixth grade science book was rude. Another friend who had commented earlier sent me a private message that she was sorry she couldn’t back me up but she can’t stand YF’s condescending tone.

    I so wanted to gently advise YF that rather than making condescending comments (there were at least a couple in that thread, along with the general tone), she should offer facts and/or a good, respectful argument. But a couple times in the past, when I tried to do that, she has come back with the “Oh, yeah? So are you!” defense. (And no, I’m not, but she projects her own bad attitudes onto me.)

    But, honestly? I think she gets a lot of satisfaction from shooting people down with condescension. As I’ve said before, I sadly finally reached the conclusion a while back that she is – at least at this point in time – unteachable, which is why I pray for the Holy Spirit to do a great work in her heart and life.

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  30. Chas – Your mention of Elvera at church reminds me of how sweet people were in my church to my MIL Mary, who had Alzheimer’s Disease. But one time, that sweetness ended up displeasing both her and me.

    It was a Saturday morning in autumn, and there was a ladies’ brunch at the same time as the men were going to be working on leaf clean-up in the parsonage yard right next to the church. Mary was never one for sitting around listening to us talk (which was too bad, because there were some very wise and knowledgeable women in our group), so we’d decided that Hubby would take her to the leaf clean-up. She would have enjoyed being outside raking, even if she didn’t make any progress. And quite frankly, I really needed a break from her. (You may remember me saying that she was quite nasty to me.)

    Well, while Hubby was distracted, someone came along and “helpfully” led Mary into the ladies’ brunch, and sat her right across from me. I was so disappointed, and I could see that she was unhappy, too.

    (And it just now occurs to me that maybe I could have led her back out to the leaves. But then again, she was resistant to anything I tried to do with or for her, so maybe that wouldn’t have worked anyway.)

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  31. Unteachable is a good way to put it.

    I’ve been reading “Bad Religion (How we became a Nation of Heretics)” by Douthat and that thread brought his statements in the introduction to mind. The author is writing of our nation’s lost and weakening state (the conclusion of his book is that orthodox faith is now a shallow shell of its former self, that it had a renaissance — or what appeared to be one — in the 1950s but since then has been in a rapid decline of stunning proportions — and that has left competing heresies on center stage to battle it out; there no longer is a ‘center’ that is holding):

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    “… Bob Dylan had it right: You gotta serve somebody, and every culture does … This insight forms the basis for two of the most popular explanations for America’s current predicament — one offered by the Christian right, the other by the secular left. The first holds that Americans have lost their way because they’ve fallen away from the faith of their fathers, or else been bullied into apostasy by secular elites. The more simplistic version of this argument insists that the United States was founded as an explicitly ‘Christian nation’ and, like Israel of old, has lost God’s favor by straying from this covenant. The more sophisticated version follows Alexis de Tocqueville in suggesting that American democracy, while formally secular, has always depended on religion to provide a moral framework for its citizens — and so the eclipse of Christian belief has led, inevitably, to the eclipse of public morality and private virtue alike.

    “But both the populists and the intellectuals in this camp share the same basic understanding of our national predicament. Their America is a nation in which religious faith has been steadily marginalized, with increasingly disastrous results. Their scapegoats include progressive educators, activist judges, Hollywood elites and the deophobic media. Their prescription from the 1970s to the present day has been a religious counterrevolution, aimed at restoring faith to its rightful place at the center of American culture, politics and law.

    For a time this narrative dominated the conversation about religion and American decline. In the last decade, however, an alternative story came into its own — first as a stinging critique of George W. Bush’s administration, and then as a broader account of the American situation. Against the idea that the United States has lost touch with its religious roots, a growing chorus began insisting that the United States is in decline because it’s ‘excessively’ religious. On issue after issue, these critics made Christian belief the problem in and of itself, casting the political controversies of the 2000s as an apocalyptic struggle between science and ignorance, reason and superstition, the light of progress and the medieval dark. … ”
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  32. So now you have this deification of “science” as the counter argument always to ‘superstitious’ religion. It completely de-legitimizes the other side before the discussion even begins. Arguments from religion or a religious perspective are viewed as simply unworthy of consideration and quickly dismissed as “ignorance.”

    (Although the book’s primary premise explores how the decline of religious orthodoxy within the churches themselves, both Protestant and Roman Catholic, has left such a gaping vacuum that the heresies now predominate and there is no longer a central core understanding of Christianity — “America’s problem isn’t too much religion, or too little of it. It’s bad religion: the slow-motion collapse of traditional Christianity and the rise of a variety of destructive pseudo-Christianities in its place.”)

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  33. His point also being that when there was a strong, core Christian faith that was thriving, it became the respected and commonly accepted source for the religious and non-religious alike on matters of ethics and morality. In that way, it held the nation together.

    Now, it’s pretty much a free-for-all.

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  34. “Free-for-all” is synonymous with “anarchy”. Not what this nation needs. all these marches demanding justice whenever the police shoot someone will only lead to disrespect of authority. If the media were doing their jobs, they would point out that in this country we are ‘innocent until proven guilty.” But now, with “trial by public opinion” it’s “guilty regardless of the truth.”

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  35. Tomorrow is The Boy’s last day of school for this school year. They had several snow days in the winter, which is why the last day is coming so late in the month. I actually think it’s a good thing for all concerned to have a shorter summer, with not as much time between one school year and the next.

    This summer, The Boy will be in the town’s “Rec” program. (“Rec” for Recreation – I don’t know the full name of the program.) I think it’s for six weeks, and the hours are close to, but not quite, the length of a school day. There is bus stop for our area a little way up a nearby street, so I’ll need to walk The Boy there in the morning, when Nightingale is working, and walk up there to pick him up later in the day.

    I’m not looking forward to making the walk in the heat and humidity of many of our summer days, but it will be worth it to not have to occupy an active boy for several hours while his mother works. And we will still have some time together on those days, when he gets home.

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  36. I see where one of my FB friends (gay woman I knew in college) has invited me to ‘like’ The Red Hen.

    Neighbor gave me a big bundle of citronella plants from cuttings in her yard, I have them in a big bucket of water, will probably plant them in pots — it smells so good!

    Walking around with them in my arms freaked the cat out, though

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