59 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 1-4-21

  1. Not here. Lots of one year olds running around. Well, one is sitting in his tomato chair. One is dancing to the music. One just went back to bed because she got up too early when her mommy left for work.
    Good morning!

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  2. I was feeling so smart last night. I figured out how to delete history and data from my old computer. Now I am finding that it is also deleted from this one. aaarrrrgggghhhh……..

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  3. Bummer, Jo. All I can do is sympathize. 😦

    I’ve been listening to the rain spattering against the window. Lovely.

    Here’s today’s Breakpoint, an interesting article about how archaeologists believe they’ve found where Salome danced for John the Baptist’s head. It’s also a reminder that the Bible is the most demonstrably true history of the past than any other book in the canon.

    https://email.breakpoint.org/where-salome-danced

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  4. Good morning! Good Sprouts! I went shopping early this morning and there was little traffic just after 8 a.m. If I go out in the afternoon traffic is very jam packed. Those who go into work must be opting to go in late because morning rush hour is nothing like it use to be. I know that helps Art have an easier drive into work since he still goes in early.

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  5. Actually, it has been weeks since I have gone outside or done any exercise. These children are rather time consuming. And can’t leave them in the care of the older children unattended. But that is okay. The time will come.

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  6. Back to work for me today. I didn’t accomplish much with my time off, but genuinely needed the block of time away from it all (meaning my paid job).

    Onward.

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  7. I saw that this morning and felt sick. He, as we all, will stand before the Lord God Most High one day….may he come to know the Living God before it’s too late… 😔

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  8. The header is what is left after some small asters bloom, go to seed, and then the seeds disperse too . . . with some frost and morning sun added. They looked like jewels to me, shiny metals with miniature diamonds. All of it so ephemeral (especially once the sun hits) that you have to be there early to see it all. I think this was probably a third to a half inch across.

    When we make something lovely, we want to share it with others, and we want others to see it. God spreads His beauty lavishly, and often unseen or unnoted. For all I know, I was the only one to see these shimmering beauties that morning (until I shared them with you) and undoubtedly there were many others just in that park that morning that no one saw. And much of the beauty in God’s world is too tiny to be seen easily, too deep in the ocean, or too far into space. But what we do see invites us to marvel and to praise.

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  9. I’m writing a blog post for tomorrow about choosing a devotional for the new year. Do any of you use a devotional, and if so, which one?

    Thanks. I just need to know in the next two hours to add to the post.

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  10. My Time With God…I have used this 15 minute devotional for the past 20 years. It resonates with me. I like the book and format. New Testament with key Old Testament scripture. Then following up with insights. The Sorenson’s happen to be the Editors 😊
    I also use My Utmost daily devotion and Alistair Begg devotion taken from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening. Those two I get via email so when I check my emails in the morning they are read first thing. I follow Begg’s plan reading thru the Bible which is added to my devotion email.

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  11. Michelle,
    It’s not my primary focus, but I do get an emailed devotional from a Lutheran seminary. I signed up for their Advent devotional one year, and it turned out to be year-round not just Advent. I like it because 1) it’s a somewhat different perspective than I might see otherwise; and 2) even if I don’t make time to sit down in my chair with my Bible, I’ll have some piece of Scripture I read each day (except weekends when they use hymns instead). This year I am also using a book I got years ago that has a reading each day from “Fathers of the Church.” There aren’t Scriptures included, and sometimes the Catholic emphasis on Mary bothers me, but again I like being exposed to a different tradition and perspective than what I am used to. It’s so easy to read a passage of Scripture and see the same things I’ve seen before, so even if I don’t sometimes agree with what I am reading, it makes me think.

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  12. Michelle, I have been using an older book of devotions, A Journey Into Prayer, by Evelyn Christianson to read at the beginning of my ladies’ weekly prayer
    call. I am almost at the end of it. I have been thinking about what else I might use. I recently bought Dancing In the Desert Devotional Bible. The print is pretty small. I will be considering that, and if it suits my needs then I will probably get it fof Kindle. Has anyone used it? I may go back to a Bible with writings by Stormie Omartian on prayer. I also have a Bible with writings by Jill Briscoe. I look forward to your blog post, Michelle.

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  13. Janice, I signed up for Instagram a couple of years ago, but found out that I couldn’t upload photos to it from a desktop computer. I did more research and decided Flickr was a better match for me, even though it has fewer people. (Flickr allows me to sort photos into folders and otherwise organize them. It’s more photographer friendly overall.)

    I was on Facebook for several months nine years ago, but there were several things I didn’t like about it, including Facebook trying to claim copyright over everything posted on it. Before I went off of Facebook, I carefully deleted all photos I had posted to it. That was before I had a digital camera.

    Anyway, Flickr and this site are the only sites I visit regularly.

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  14. I had that one Michelle…years ago…I think it was donated to Goodwill when we moved. I think that devotional should be revisited from time to time…guess I will go on Amazon and hopefully it will be on Kindle…thanks for that reminder…

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  15. Devotional: I use a handy little book that begins at the very beginning and ends with glory all around. It has changed my life and the lives of others. Bible.

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  16. Janice – Years ago, my pastor’s wife remarked that she no longer would underline or highlight anything in her Bible. The reason was that she felt that when she would read through again, her focus would be drawn towards what God was drawing her attention to the last time, that had been highlighted, and that she might miss focusing on a different part of that portion of scripture that the Lord would want to bring to her attention.

    Speaking of which, with all the times that we read through the Bible, isn’t it interesting how various verses will jump out at us that we seem to have “missed” before, or that take on a deeper meaning? I often wonder how I didn’t “see that” the last several times I read the Bible. 🙂

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  17. Thanks, Kizzie. Yes, things do jump out like they have been waiting to pounce at just the right time (only a cat owner would think in these terms).

    I still have a hangup about messing up the pages in a Bible. But I do have one of those where you color on the side where I have designed verses in special lettering, etc. I would like to get back to that, too, but there is never enough time!♡

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  18. I underlined my entire first Bible: The Living Bible, paraphrase. That was as a young believer, fifteen through seventeen. In all sorts of pretty colors. The thing I learned? Ask God for faith to believe and He will give it. I don’t write in Bibles anymore. At first at husband’s request, now at my preference.

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  19. We have my husband’s mother’s Bible. It has notes written all through it and it is a joy to read her thoughts alongside Scripture – not as Scripture but seeing what she was praying for, answers to prayer, God’s reassurances to her. She had a brain tumour from the time husband was 5 years old, but lived until she saw our youngest. She was a Godly woman who was able to pray for others and worship her God despite being bed-ridden through many of those years. Husband treasures that Bible, but uses his own for church and study.

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  20. I have a few of Stormie Omartian’s prayer books.

    In July of 2002, when I was praying through The Power of a Praying Wife, I came to two prayers that were especially relevant at the time – “His Repentance” and “His Deliverance” – as Hubby had been acting quite belligerent at times, and I had no idea what was going on, but knew that something had to change.

    Within a day or two of praying those prayers together, Hubby was arrested for drunk driving. (He was actually pulled over only for failure to wear his seatbelt, and then the officer smelled the alcohol on his breath.) As many of you know, he had become a secret alcoholic. He had had times of drinking secretly over the years, but it had gotten much worse that time.

    While he was in the cell, alone, he genuinely repented before God, in tears. When he was dropped off at home a few hours later, around 10:00 that evening (my parents had picked him up and brought him home), I met him with a hug and a plate of food. I knew my husband’s heart well enough to know that he was truly sorry, and he didn’t need any recriminations or questioning from me. (He was very grateful for how I greeted him.)

    Those two prayers were answered in that Hubby did indeed repent, and he was delivered from alcoholism.

    Two or three months later, Hubby had some kind of medical emergency that landed him in the hospital for a few days. It turned out that he had a condition in which alcohol kind of directly poisoned his heart. The “squeeze” of his heart was down to well less than half of what it should have been. (That’s the simple way it was explained to Hubby. I don’t know what the actual term for it might be.) The cardiologist said that if he had not stopped drinking when he did, he would have been dead within six months.

    You can imagine the great relief and gratitude we felt in hearing that, and knowing that God had gotten his attention and caused him to stop drinking. We had 15 more years together after that.

    Sadly, the ice cream that he was bringing home when he was arrested did not survive being left in his truck for a couple days. 😉

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  21. Janice, I don’t know what you mean when you ask if Flickr is “limited” like Facebook. Limited in what way? I’ve been on there for less than two years. My two most “popular” photos have been viewed more than 40,000 times each, but I see other people with a single photo that has been viewed millions of times. So I guess there is any range of numbers of exposure.

    It does seem as though people can see photos on Flickr even if they haven’t joined it themselves, or at least I’ve had people who I’m sure aren’t “on” Flickr tell me that they’ve enjoyed seeing my photos. My younger brother didn’t seem to be able to see my photos, but he’s the only person who’s told me that. I’m guessing it was a glitch for him, since my not-very-computer-savvy mother-in-law was one of the people who managed to see them.

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  22. It includes some Bible study elements as well.

    I underlined one of my favorite old Bibles and will still get it out to use now and again. I like the notations because they will remind me of my own walk, what trials I may have been going through (I also would date many of the notations, they cover several years).

    And I highlighted to my heart’s content.

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  23. I also get the Alistair Beggs daily devotions in my email, I’ve printed some of those out when they’re especially helpful for me at a given time.

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  24. I’m like several above. I outlined my heart out of my first Bible (read during the ages 15-17), and then probably 25 years ago decided not to write in the Bible anymore. I only read the underlined parts and never wrote notes like Kare’s mother-in-law.

    I also change versions every ten years or so, to get another fresh look.

    The reason the verses suddenly jump out is the Bible is living and active–with us. The message doesn’t change, we do. What I’m going through today is not what I was going through a few years ago, so different passages are more meaningful at the moment.

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  25. Cheryl, I think that Flickr must not have a format for followers? Facebook limits a non-business account to 5,000 followers who will see a person’s posts. Are you able to post text along with the photo on Flickr?

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  26. I underline in my Bible. And when I come across those underlined passages from oh so many years ago I ponder the wonder of it. I collect antique Bibles and I wonder if the person owning it truly knew our Lord. Sometimes when I see the notes and underlining I sense they did indeed….it’s almost as though I am reading their diary…between them and our Lord.
    Then there are the old discarded Bibles that would appear new yet the publishing date is well over 100 years…that saddens me that it most likely was not read.

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  28. That’s more of a theology post than a “political” post, though I did put it on the political thread also (though many don’t go there, I know).

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  29. Maybe I should have mentioned in that quote from Boy that he said it quite seriously, as if it were a serious matter to consider, which is what made it so funny to me.

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  30. I don’t want Biden for President and I certainly can scarcely tolerate Harris at all……but, this rabble-rousing is very unbecoming to me. When I read the report of the initial “Jericho March” I was dismayed…whatever happened to “if My people who are called by My Name will humble themselves and pray and seek My Face…..”.?

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  31. Janice, Flickr does have followers, though their numbers aren’t like Instagram. (I have 260-something followers.) I can title a photo and then write text about it, and other people can make comments on my photos and I can reply to them. You can also send messages to people you follow. And there are all sorts of groups that you can put photos in, with different rules in each. (For example, one group might take only photos of birds in the Midwest, up to five photos a week, and once a month it has a photo contest.) Groups and followers tend to be the ways people see photos.

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  32. Nanyjill (8:59) this reminds me, somewhat, of the horrible era of the televangelists for its ‘nuttiness’ and horrible theology — but also of the hyper-political phase so many Christians and churches were caught up in back in the 1970s.

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  33. NancyJill @ 8:59 – Th problem is all the non-Christians and the misguided nominal Christians who support Trump..

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  34. I have written in my bible and I do underline some. I have done some colored pencils in one book. I prefer not to do much of that, though, as I, too, find it distracting. I am currently reading a Chronological bible that has readings to finish in a year. I began the day after Christmas, so am a bit ahead. One of my daughters invited me to her online bible group, but I had already started this, so decided to not join them right now. It was so wonderful to be invited, however.

    We have a preacher who is a Jew who became Christian. I find his information on the Jewish bible and perspective quite interesting.

    I do read The Daily Bread devotional. Our church has always had copies available. I also have an app on the phone. I am also reading a Kay Arthur devotional on my Kindle. I began it last year, but am still in November. Much of it is redundant, but you never know when a thought jolts you in a new way.

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  35. The end of a long day.

    I never write in my Bible, but that is because I remember fairly well where I saw something on a page. I don’t take notes for the same reason. I don’t use a devotional – when I do a study it is because I have come across a question I would like answered, whether it was asked by someone else or myself.

    I am actually grateful I don’t take notes. I seem to have some kind of familial (benign) tremour, and I notice it when I try to write, a just slight twitch that trying to overcome seems to tire me out. Writing is a bit of a task now. I notice it sometimes when I’m working too, although it has never interfered in my ability to carry out delicate work. That is what makes me think it is just a benign tremour.

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  36. oh, Kevin sneaks in to get his favorite number!

    I have gotten on most of my internet sites, but one is saying it is the wrong password, after I even wrote it down. double aaarrrrggghhh….

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