30 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 7-2-20

  1. Morning…what a pretty flower this morning and Chas I really like “normal” 😊
    It’s gonna be a hot one here and I am working at my friend’s store today…but I have to wear a mask and gloves all the live long day…this will be a challenge… 😷

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  2. Good morning. That is a delicately colored flower. I think it must be a tiny one magnified. It is pretty.

    Today will be a scorcher as the weatherman predicted. I went outside when Art left for the office and all the components for a scorcher were in place by 8 a.m. it rains every afternoon which means the grass daily grows thicker. I will have to wait for cooler weather to mow or ask someone else to do it.

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  3. Yes, Janice, that is a tiny flower magnified. It’s a half inch or less but so pretty. At those sizes I have a hard time getting the shot clear (since I don’t use a tripod), so I usually take several shots and see if one is clear enough.

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  4. We don’t have R&R today, but I will rant ahnyow.
    It is absolutely stupid. They want to do away with police. Now they are after renaming the forts.
    There is no end to it.
    I will be ninety next month, so I won’t have long to worry about this. But you people are losing your country. There is no end to this.
    You think that sanity will return someday?
    I don’t see it getting anything but worse.
    Sorry about that.

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  5. I think the gist of what was said on the prayer thread to Kizzie yesterday was meant as support and belief in her abilities to give good care with love to her grandson when he is routinely in her care.

    I am reminded of when I taught preschool and it was time to go outside to the playground (or on rainy days to the ‘Big Room’ which had riding toys and indoor slides, etc.). Several classes went at the same time and teachers would sit together at a picnic table and converse (or stand together in the Big Room). The school director was always after us to provide structure even to that free time. We were told to play games organized by the teachers, etc. We did that occasionally, but being cooped up in a classroom with twelve to fourteen two or three year olds deserves a break from structure, IMHO. It felt like micromanagement, and I still bristle at any hint of micromanagement of any form. To me it always comes across as a form of disrespect. Kizzie, you are already having to suppress a big part of yourself (your spiritual self) in the presence of the Boy so what you told about yesterday just felt like another reduction to your beautiful being.

    As you act in a sense as a ‘co-parent’ you should have more ability to be yourself. Parents often do not show a united front. Children learn which person to seek out for certain things. That is okay. Wesley looks to me if he needs prayer, and he looks to Art to discuss music or sports. Boy should have the same chance to see those aspects of you that your daughter does not care for or approve of. The Bible says to remain at peace with people when at all possible. But if you can’t be you in your own home then you are not at peace yourself. I am sorry to focus on this so much, but if it were only the one thing yesterday, but it is having an escalating feeling when looked at as an aggregate. You deserve some give and take instead of give, give, give.

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  6. Good morning, all.

    Chas, I was thinking of that when I was reading the Word this morning. The rise and fall of empires and civilizations. The Roman Empire. The Aztec Empire. I suspect many people did not care that their empire was in decline because they had such lives of ease, they did not notice until it was gone. Like here. Those people yelling and screaming for change do not know what they have.

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  7. I always think of Psalm 37. No wonder the psalms were often what Corrie Ten Boom taught on during her stay in the concentration camp. That must have felt like such a long time to the people who lived through it. The same with all the other horrible times in history and in this day in other parts of the world. Yet, in God’s eyes the wicked will be gone soon and we are not to fear or envy them. That is a challenge met only with the help of the Holy Spirit.

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  8. It can be tricky negotiating life with adult children. I see that with my parents and the Seconds (and, yes, I do reflect on how I come across to my parents). We have survived being shutdown together rather well, all things considered, but I think we are all getting restless. My restlessness is primarily internal, as I consider whether to seek employment elsewhere or stay with the job I have. But the Seconds are struggling with finances due to lack of employment opportunities and also with feeling uncertain about their position here. My parents built this place. My mother, whose progressively worsening mobility limits her greatly, was able to move aside to make room for them relatively easily. She has a servant’s heart, and I am more concerned that she doesn’t make herself a doormat. But my father, while willing in theory to cooperate, can also be entirely oblivious to how he is trampling in on their business. It is little things that add up, like telling them they could cut down some trees (Second-in-law is a trained arborist), and then going out and cutting down those trees himself. Or taking the straw they had purchased to mulch their garden to use for his garden without first asking their permission. He is not intentionally doing it to aggravate them, just being absorbed in what he is doing. Growing up, the backyard was always a bit messy with his projects and the machinery and materials he saved to do other projects – at one point, he had five defunct vehicles back there, plus a half finished shed in addition to a barn filled with his stuff. But now he fusses about the mess because his son-in-law is exactly like him in leaving the detritus of in-progress projects around. For the most part, they are patient with him, but sometimes, with other stressors, it can be a bit much. On the other hand, sometimes the Seconds can also be too project oriented, and be a little heedless of how the rest of us might feel about how their projects impact us.

    A couple of times in the past few weeks, as we all sit at the supper table together, Tiny has commented, in her funny way, “This is a happy family eating together.” If we take some time to come to the table, Sixth will count and list who is missing. To both of them, their grandparents and aunt have become a part of their childhood routine, one that they would miss terribly if we were not there. Life is uncertain, but when I wonder how long this can continue, I look at them and realize their childhood is stable and healthy because we are all together.

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  9. Kizzie, I watch the Grands two days a week when DIL goes into work. She leaves the each a note in the morning outlining what she expects them to do that day and they are answerable to her when she gets home if they don’t follow through. There is no obligation on my part to make sure they do it.

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  10. Last work day of the week, hooray.

    The knee feels generally still better this morning, but I did have some overnight pain and throbbing again. But it’s better now, I think. PT is at 11.

    Strange, I can’t seem to find my editors. They vanished from online, though they were still signed on, by mid-afternoon yesterday when I was trying to reach them and I never heard back, which is odd. Nothing from them still this morning. It always makes me worry there’re some meetings going on that are serious. And it is now, officially, a new (leaner, they’re always leaner) budget year.

    It’s overcast and cool here. We’ve had a good run of cooler, more comfortable weather so far this summer, but that’s not entirely out of the ordinary. Our “big” heat events arrive in the latter half of summer and drag on way into fall.

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  11. Had an online discussion with the ex-boyfriend (centrist Democrat, patriotic, journalist, non-believer) a couple weeks ago about what’s going on in the nation these days. His (optimistic) take is that the nation has always had challenges, has managed to survive through all kinds of difficult periods, and this likely will be the same.

    I’m a little less certain that things aren’t falling off a cliff, but maybe my knee and the pandemic are affecting my thinking. 🙂 He feels sure the U.S. is so unique that it is destined to survive even this.

    But he does share my concerns about the current status of the ‘new’ journalism and pressures on free speech (he worries, rightly I think, that it’s becoming too much like “thought control”).

    Time will tell what God’s intentions are for this period so we who are believers can always rest in that.

    This very well could be a shake-up message that the church, the household of God, and we as individual believers need to be taking to heart.

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  12. Can you imagine statues being torn down and destroyed (with so few legal objections?) even in the fairly recent past in the U.S.?

    Strange days, hard to know what to make of it all. But God knows.

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  13. Here’s some good advice:


    What we need is social media distancing


    … Social media escalates the tensions. It’s a hotbed of anonymous trolls, agents of chaos and bad-faith arguments. It brings out the worst in us because the algorithm rewards us for being tribal, divisive and emotional. It preys on our worst instincts. The algorithm doesn’t want to be fed compassion, nuance and reason. Peace isn’t profitable. Social media demands the scalps of the canceled. It wants nothing less than our souls and war.

    So if you feel insane, I promise you — you are not alone. We live in mad times and in an effort to keep up with the chaos, we end up on social media trying to make sense of it all. But there we find an even crazier virtual battleground, and that only feeds the madness in real life. If we want to save ourselves from the toxic virus of hate, we need to start practicing social media distancing. Before it’s too late.

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  14. Good point DJ. Sometimes I consider my attitude and feel, with dismay, that it is an Un Christian attitude.

    (I was going to say more, but I deleted it because it was unChristian.)

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  15. haha, chas.

    People are lost, they are sheep without a shepherd. And they’re getting into all kinds of trouble and evil as a result. But it is hard as it affects so many others, all of us really. But God is sovereign over all, nothing’s out of his control (even when it’s clearly out of ours).

    Had quite a workout at PT today, but I left kind of exhausted. Things are going well, he said he’ll watch the next week and if things continue to improve then we’ll try a walk again. I told him what a great day I had yesterday with the knee and he was happy about that. But there’s still some swelling/inflammation so more work to do for sure.

    For now, still awaiting the GP’s sign-off for continued appointments beginning next week. They faxed the request over to her on the 16th of June but still haven’t heard back from her, so they sent another fax today and I called the GP office to remind them today is the deadline for them to get that in. I like the doctor, but the office is not very organized or efficient. My neighbor, who also goes to her, has had problems with that as well.

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  16. Happy Anniversary, Mumsee. I wondered why you were claiming 41 earlier. 😉

    I enjoyed reading Roscuro’s and Linda’s posts to Kizzie (and all of us) above, regarding multi-generational living in one household.

    To add a little to my long-winded, wide-awake-at-midnight posting from yesterday’s prayer thread…

    More relevant than a business relationship scenario like I posted (involving caregivers and parents, or piano teachers and parents), I later thought about a closer parallel to Kizzie’s situation than the anecdote I related last night.

    It involves family relationships, not business relationships.

    Our family has been homeschooling for 22 years. I am the one who does the “book” teaching, though we both do practical skills teaching.

    You know I’ve been going to Bible study on some Friday mornings (usually 2x a month) for many years — all the years I’ve known you all, in fact, and well before then, too.

    Well, my husband is not a book-teaching kind of guy. So all those Friday mornings that I was away, he did his own thing with the kids. It would have been unthinkable to me, and disrespectful to him, if I had said, “You need to get in this many minutes of math with each child, and this amount of time doing this other thing, and … ” on and on.

    Deciding to homeschool was a collaborative decision, but just because I was the “designated teacher” didn’t mean I had the authority to tell my husband how he was to spend his time with the kids when I was away from them, even during “typical” school hours.

    If I had done so, it would have been attempting to quash my husband’s autonomy in favor of him meeting my agenda. That wouldn’t send a healthy message to the kids, and it would have deprived them, for that period of time, from relating to their dad, with his unique strengths, according to all their natural relational qualities.

    He’s their father, not their substitute teacher.

    I really like Linda’s setup with her daughter-in-law’s work and Linda’s time spent with her grandchildren while their mom is at work. That’s a healthy situation where the kids are accountable to their mother, and the mother-in-law is not obligated to be part of the this-is-what-must-be-done-before-I-get-home routine.

    That’s respect for one’s mother (-in-love). Beautiful, and I believe quite harmonious. It also teaches responsibility to the kids — this is on you.

    I believe, from what I understand about children in general, that Kizzie’s “Boy” would benefit from such an arrangement, too — one in which there isn’t a chance that Mimi would get partially blamed for the Boy’s not accomplishing everything Mom wanted.

    End of today’s opining for me. 😉 Back to my kitchen project now.

    Oh, one last thing: Linda, how did the announcement about retiring go? Enjoy your remaining time with the company. 🙂

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