51 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 12-1-20

  1. Either a really big bee or a small flower.

    Good morning and happy December. Happy Advent time.

    I did not shop on Cyber Monday. My youngest daughter has made a few purchases for her children, which will be from us. She will be reimbursed. She will wrap. Ice skates were the biggest item. We shopped together for those for these grands, but that will not be happening this year. One child can fit into hand me downs from a sibling. The rest need new. Ice skating is good exercise and they make it a good family time too.

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  2. I shopped online at Christianbook (dot) com. I have not yet finished so did not actually buy anything on Cyber Monday (the sale continues). And I still have Christmas shopping to do. I may be about one third of the way along.

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  3. Last year Michelle suggested a children’s Nativity set for Little Miss. Yesterday she played with it to the point she did t want to take a nap. Last night she she wanted to get out of bed to play with it. This morning it is set up on the kitchen table and the angels are watching her eat her eggs.
    We have talked about Mary and Joseph and Baby Jesus and the Wise Men.

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  4. Good morning. Little granddaughter is sleeping on the pillows on the floor by me again this morning. Two mornings I get up at four thirty to be ready for her at five ish. Then she goes back to sleep here. My guess is mommy sleeps with her most of the time so she has a difficult time sleeping without her. But on my watch, she sleeps in her crib for her nap. I can donate a few hours twice a week to her comfort though.

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  5. As far as I know, all of my Christmas shopping is done and has been done for a month or two via Christian book distributors. But, knowing me, one or two things might show up….

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  6. Perfect, Kim. I was wondering how the set was doing this year, and pondering other places I should suggest it show up. 🙂

    Question for you COVID-smart folk.

    Stargazer lives by himself and while he takes a walk each day, often doesn’t see anyone he knows for stretches of time. While he’s unlikely, for this reason, to get COVID, this mama would like him to have some supplies on hand if he does get ill.

    What do I send him?

    I’ve come up with thermometer, Thermaflu, granola bars, ibuprofen, what else? (Oh, wait, are you suppose to use ibuprofen?)

    I’ve been googling “COVID care package,” and haven’t found many practical ideas.

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  7. From World Magazine’s The Sift this morning:

    When the pandemic kept patrons from visiting Paris’ famous museums, one classical musician decided to make use of the empty spaces. Camille Thomas plays her cello in and on top of the city’s deserted museums then posts the videos of the performances on the internet. The creative concerts symbolize the loneliness of musicians and artists without the public. She has received thanks and praise from around the world—it turns out the public misses art, too.

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  8. Michelle, zinc is another item. However, if he is living by himself and not seeing people, and presumably being careful when he does need to go out, his chance of getting it is slim and based on his age his chance of its being a big deal if he does is slimmer yet. I’d also include his favorite candies or cookies to make it something other than a “worried mama” package.

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  9. Morning! It is cloudy with a chance of snow here this morning. We don’t get many cloudy days around here but it is kind of nice to have one every now and again ☁️
    I have read that taking Vit D, C and Zinc is recommended, so including those in a care package might be beneficial. 😊
    I did no cyber purchasing but I did stop in my friend’s antique shoppe to purchase some lovely candles for my closest girlfriends. And I went to Hobby Lobby to purchase an embroidery kit for my Mom. She expressed the desire to try her hand at it once again..at 90yrs old…I think shel’ll enjoy it.

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  10. I could not sleep last night as my head was cold. I get getting up to put more on. Finally the sweatshirt with the hood up worked.
    Kim, what nativity set is it?

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  11. My husband has some bald spots, and he likes sleeping with a hoodie in the winter. He can block out the light and keep his head warm at the same time. In fact, I have a nice reading chair near the bed–I asked multiple times before we put it there if he was sure it was OK if I had the light on to read after he was in bed, and he said it was, but he turns his back to me when I am reading there and he’s in bed and it makes me feel like I’m disturbing him. I’m always happy when he has his hoodie on and I don’t have to worry about it! That’s the place I call from when we do Zoom meetings, BTW. My cozy spot.

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  12. The header: I liked that honeybee on a small aster–but what’s especially remarkable about that shot is it was taken just a few days ago, November 20. I think the wildflowers have finally given up, but I’ve seen some as recently as a day or two ago. Insects have gotten harder and harder to find, but I’ve found a few this week.

    I figured no one would know that was a fall photo if I didn’t tell you. 🙂

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  13. Getting ready for my shower this morning I had 1 black and white cat (sitting in the round bowl of the pedestal sink where she likes to get a drink from the faucet) and one black and white too-big-for-my-bathroom border collie at my feet. No one could move and Tess was freaking Annie out by giving her the border collie eye. We were all trapped. All color coordinated to my vintage black-and-white bathroom, however.

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  14. I did some online shopping yesterday but don’t know as I’d call it Cyber Monday shopping. My husband has finally almost finished the last box of lancets someone gave him when he was first diagnosed with diabetes. Unfortunately the kind he was using (Multiclix from Accu-Chek) are no longer available, so I had to order him Fastclix instead. For a long time he wasn’t checking his blood sugar as regularly as they say to, but his doctor finally put him on insulin last week, so he has to check it regularly while they figure out the right dosage for him.

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  15. Pauline, my husband’s cardiologist put him on an almost vegan diet. I found the book How Not to Die to be very helpful with info and encouragement toward controlling some disease with diet. Have you all already been down that path? I was surprised that my husband was willing to do it. We have lost some weight and his numbers from lab work are better.

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  16. Kim, I don’t know anything much about it. I knew someone, a number of years ago, who used one, but I have no idea what the criteria for using one are. I assume the first thing is to get his blood sugar stabilized at an acceptable level. I do know he was very resistant about going on insulin to begin with, because he’d heard that once you get on, you never get off. Our pharmacist told me that’s not necessarily true, but I don’t know, realistically, what his chances are of getting to the point he could get off it.

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  17. Janice, I’d be very surprised if he were willing to go to an almost-vegan diet, and I’m not sure he could anyway. He had gastric bypass surgery 16 years ago (and unfortunately later gained back all the weight, following both depression after his father’s death and then job losses – three within four or five years – and injuries that made it hard for him to get any exercise), and is limited in the kinds of food his digestion can handle. He tends to be resistant to the idea of diet fixing anything much, because of having tried so many without long-term success (he says they all work at first but then stop working), but I’ll mention the book to him.

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  18. Since I am still studying in 1 Corinthians about the resurrected bodies, I am reminded of Jesus on the cross telling the thief on the cross next to him that He would see him in Paradise “today”. I have always thought it was not the thief in his actual body in Paradise because the dead body would be still on the cross or somewhere for disposal. But maybe the renewed body gets to heaven even before the dead body is dealt with on earth? Or, is the spirit with Jesus in Paradise while the dead body waits here for the second coming of Jesus? I am still seeking deeper understanding than I have had before. I apologize if my questions seem bothersome.

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  19. Our small group decided to meet together tonight. I had to run out and find a dessert! While out I found myself in the midst of a blizzard. 26 degrees with 40 mph winds and snow. I ran into Kohl’s quickly and purchased a hat for half off…my head was cold! 😂 We’ll be slipping and sliding into town tonight and if we get stuck…we’ll eat cake!!

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  20. I certainly didn’t think the header photo would have been shot a few days ago!

    Diabetes/insulin: I have little knowledge about those things, but know that my uncle who was diagnosed with it got it well under control through diet. He was quite heavy set until he had a heart attack in his late 30s / early 40s, after which time he made serious changes in his diet regimen. He lost a needed amount of weight over a period of time and never regained it, and lived to approximately his mid-80s.

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  21. Pauline, I truly thought all the same about my husband as what you said about your husband. My husband has still not given up his sugary colas. He could have lost so much more weight without those. Also, he has had physical limitations that prevented him from exercise. Even so, he has still lost some weight.

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  22. Insulin pumps can be quite expensive. Monitoring blood sugar is a very valuable tool. The numbers taken first thing in the morning, before eating, are what is most significant – the American glucose monitors use a different scale than here, so I do not know the ideal level in American terms, but I certainly hope that a diabetic educator has been involved. A vegetarian diet while on insulin would need to be discussed with an expert, as rapid sources of protein are important to have while taking insulin.

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  23. My newest student started piano yesterday. He is 8 years old and looks like he’s 12. I do a “decorate the piano” activity at the first lesson with new students who are approximately under the age of 10, but, honestly, this boy seemed so much older because of his size as well as his serious demeanor, that it didn’t seem the right kind of activity to start out our lessons.

    He is very intelligent and highly inquisitive about the workings of the piano — he really asked some great questions right off the bat — so we explored the use of the pedals, their names and functions (sometimes the way they work is different based on whether it’s a vertical piano or a grand piano), and he was tall enough to look down into the vertical pianos “guts,” if you will, to see how using the damper pedal causes the strings to keep vibrating after you lift your hands off the keyboard. He could hold his foot down on the pedal, play standing up, and peer down at the hammers, strings, and dampers inside!

    He was also quite interested in how arm, wrist, hand, and finger motion yielded certain sounds.

    I thoroughly enjoyed our lesson time together last night. The half hour went so fast! And he was the tenth of my ten students at the studio on Mondays, after which time I thought I would be really tired, but instead was quite energized! 🙂

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  24. Janice, I had not thought of it that way, before. Interesting. Realizing time is something put in place for us, it certainly is plausible. We hear about people sleeping in peace. But are told they are not sleeping. The elders around the throne are clothed in white garments. One might suppose they have bodies to hold the clothes up. Temporary bodies? Renewed bodies? Are they outside of time so in the already resurrected state? It is interesting to think about. And I am certain others, with sharper brains and training than us have thought of it. Perhaps Augustine? Polycarp? Iraneaus? Edwards? Piper? Chan? Lombard? One of the Anselms? But we shall enjoy studying and thinking and discussing.

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  25. I finally got to see the header photo. It looks so close up, and that could be scary except for having that great camera lens. Good shot, Cheryl.
    Janice

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  26. Janice @ 3:37
    I don'[t have time to research this now, with quotes and reference verses. But I will give a brief survey of my understanding.
    Jesus said, “He that believes in me shall never die.” That is: The person I am in is not what is in this body. When I was “born again”, I was given a spiritual body that shall never die.
    I have a physical body that suffices for whatever I need to do here. But I have a spiritual body that is me, and will never die.
    When this body is buried, I will be with the Lord. Awaiting the time when Jesus r returns to earth and gives me a body that is not only spiritual.
    The Bible says we will “reign with Him”. I don’t know what all that means, but it really doesn’t matter.
    What matters is.
    1. I will never die. I will shed the constraints of the body, but will never die.
    2. At the time God chooses,, I will receive a physical body and return to Earth with Christ.
    3 At a much later time, there will be a resurrection and a judgment. I (we) will not participate in that judgment in which men are judged according to their works. That has alraady happened for believers.

    I am sitting here with mu understanding. I don’t, at this time, have time to research proof texts.

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  27. Pauline, I have a bit of experience with insulin and blood-checking due to the injury to my pancreas twelve years ago and have two words for him – Wal Mart. Their supplies are very affordable and you can buy insulin over the counter that is dirt cheap. His doc may push back but I and another friend pursued it with our docs and we both found that using it prior to meals worked way better than the once-a-day Rx pen that was VERY expensive.

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  28. Thank you, Chas, for your explanation. I have all these threads of Bible knowledge that I am still trying to link together for a fuller understanding.

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  29. Janice @5:45- That is one of my favorite songs from the 70s. I have it on my mp3 player. Another is this one by Dallas Holmes. I realize it’s also about the resurrection, but that is more important than the birth. Besides, I listen to Christmas hymns all year.

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