31 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 9-11-18

  1. A few days after 9/11 I read Psalm 79. I think it applies to this nation in some ways, especially verses 5 & 6:

    5 How long, Lord?
    Will You be angry forever?
    Will Your jealousy burn like fire?
    6 Pour out Your wrath on the nations that do not know You,
    And on the kingdoms that do not call on Your name.

    Yes, God judges the heathen. All this “God bless America” singing is futile if we don’t honor Him. I have a bumper sticker on both cars that says “America bless God!” It is time for us to do so.

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  2. Morning! And amen to that Peter….
    It is a beautiful morning in this forest and I am forever thankful to dwell under the care and protection of the Lord God Most High…praying for our nation this day… for His mercies are new every morning…. ❤️

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  3. The focus of the header photo is the pollination of the flower. The pretty little bee visiting it is an obvious one. But notice also that as each little central flower gets pollinated and doesn’t need the bee anymore, it falls off–several fallen pieces are on the near side, facing us. That allows the bee to focus on the florets that still need her services. Eventually all those central disk flowers will have fallen off, leaving only a round green center, with seeds developing inside it.

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  4. Speaking of Heidi: we have a 2006 copy which refers to Schwanli and Barli with a footnote indicating little swan and little bear, a 1974 copy with Schwanli and Barli, and a 1930’s copy with Little Swan and Little Bear. Interesting.

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  5. Heidi was one of my mom’s favorite books — and she loved Shirley Temple so she liked the movie, too. 🙂

    The painters (I think) are coming back today, sounds like they didn’t stay long yesterday, though. I do think we may be getting kind of “close” to actually painting. 🙂

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  6. I am around. I have been busy. I got caught up in a little drama over the weekend. I told one of the people I loved him and wanted him to be happy but I didn’t want to be the source of any gossip and I didn’t want in the middle of who said what, when, where, and how.
    I told her that I was prepared to despise her on sight but found I liked her. I asked what she expected and told her if she truly loved him she needed to be sensitive to his family and she needed to remember she is an adult and to suck it up buttercup.
    Kim “ain’t playin” that game.

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  7. The new photo, I was getting shots of the big black bee on the broadleaf arrowhead (that or something similar is what the flower is; it grows in shallow water and is, I think, quite pretty). I didn’t even see the tiny green bee coming in, until I looked at the photo later. But I love the green and yellow irridescence of that little bee, and the way you can see the blur of its moving wings both above and below its body. I cropped the shot to allow that little bee to get more attention.

    Not until I moved to Indiana and had a camera capable of getting good shots of wildflowers did I have any idea how many varieties of wild bees there are.

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  8. KIm, @12:37
    I didn’t understand any of that but I prayed that you would have wisdom to deal with it.
    I think “not playing that game”, whatever it is, is the right decision.

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  9. I posted this yesterday, but it was in the middle of some of us discussing nonsense, and I’m not sure anyone saw it. For anyone with any input on women’s ministries in your church, this is important.

    In the past, some of us have expressed some concern with Beth Moore. This video is about 17 minutes long, but pretty sobering, and well worth watching if your church has brought her in or if you yourself have read her. Clearly she has moved into some unorthodox positions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfjzFAvYT2c

    And here is Beth Moore herself focusing on unity (vs. truth) with Joyce Meyer (who most or all of us would agree is a false teacher): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Ah4LmZ2fdc

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  10. I sere on TV that I-26 out of Charleston has the eastbound land blocked off so that westbound traffic can use it. My parents used that going to Augusta when Chuck lived there. They had one eastbound lane blocked off for use, but no one was on it. Smart people, who can,, are getting out.
    We are over 100mi inland. Wind and rain are our biggest threat. My house has good elevation, but I have several trees.
    Charleston has had several hurricanes. I was in a couple of them..
    After coastal flooding, the mountains are the next biggest threat. Hurricanes hate mountains and dump all their water at once when they hit them. It has caused disaster in the Appalachians of Va.

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  11. Trip planner says we’re 205 highway miles from Wilmington. That means we are about 150 the way a hurricane would go. They don’ t have to go around Raleigh.

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  12. Cheryl I did see your post yesterday concerning Beth Moore. She has always given me “pause” and when friends have asked me to join in a study of BM I have declined. So many women in the church follow her. Sis in law leads continual Beth Moore studies at her church.

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  13. Because y’all wrote yesterday about nightmares, I guess the power of suggestion brought one to me. I had gone to a concert that had parking associated with it as we get when we see a concert at the Fox theater in Atlanta. The concert was fine but when I left I could not find my car in the lot. More and more people were locating their cars so the lot was emptying. Mine was not showing up. There were some rather mean looking male parking lot attendants who had a racket going on to make people pay a lot of money to get their cars back. They disassembled the cars and sometimes put the wrong colors together to rebuild so you’d see what looked like your car with the wrong color of hood. Finally a lafy was bringing out a car seat to start rebuilding my car. It was a strange and upsetting dream. It is related to needing to shop for a car. After that, shopping for a car should seem easy, lol

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  14. Cheryl, I hate book studies in church groups. It doesn’t matter if it is Beth Moore or John Piper, Tim Keller, C. S. Lewis, G. K Chesterton, Charles Spurgeon, Jonathan Edwards, John Owen, John Calvin, Martin Luther, Thomas a Kempis, or Augustine of Hippo. I hunger for Bible studies, not book studies. Books written by Christian writers are always flawed, and thus may be worth reading and discussing informally between friends, but they are not worth the kind of study of which the Bible is worthy.

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  15. I am with Roscuro on that. Not a fan of book studies as Bible study. Lots of good info out there, lots of good books, but if I am going to the trouble of attending Bible study, I want to study the Bible.

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  16. There are lots of books where the author tries to guide one in studying the Bible, I don’t know if those are generally good or not, I don’t usually find them very helpful. I am currently running through one that was apparently what the Bible study I could not attend was studying. It has you looking up a lot of Scripture and that is good, I haven’t determined yet whether I would ever do a similar one again.

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  17. I’m not at all a fan of “watch a half hour video, then fill in the blanks” studies. I’m in one right now, but really just to get to know some of the women in my church; I doubt I will return in the spring.

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  18. Maurice Cheeks was inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame this weekend. He now coaches for the Oklahoma City Thunder. I love this video. After Cheeks went to rescue the poor singer who had a bad case of stage fright, many of the other coaches and players also began to sing the anthem.

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  19. We preach and study the Bible at church, but there is a “book” club/study that’s available during the week — they pick very good books and I’m sure it’s profitable.

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  20. Painter wanted me to pick up 3 rolls of Frog Tape on the way home. I was texting Real Estate Guy about it and he says “Bull or Garden?”

    “I don’t know, but he sent me a picture.”

    “That was a joke.”

    “Oh. Right over me, that went. Whoosh!”

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  21. Kizzie, I don’t see much point in telling the leader of a group that has been meeting for years that it doesn’t follow my own format preference. I’m the youngest by 15 years or so, except for one or two others about my age. When it’s time to discuss whether I’ll be wanting a book for the spring study, that’s time enough to say I don’t think I’ll continue, and figure out how to answer if she asks why. It’s a style thing more than a right-or-wrong thing, so oh well. I did the same thing when I moved to Nashville, joined a women’s Bible study just briefly until I’d gotten to know a few people, and after that generally stayed with co-ed studies and groups. But a couple of months in the group serves its purpose.

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