19 thoughts on “Rants! and Raves! 1-16-21

  1. 😦 What’s going on? it’s the question I wrestled with early this morning after waking up at around 3 a.m. Such a difficult time nationally, globally — and, for many of us, personally, with a shifting landscape all around us. Political upheaval, a pandemic that just doesn’t seem to be going away. I have the feeling it’s all going to change some things for a long time to come — and things could be “rocky” for a while going forward..

    😦 The loss of two friends within about a month.

    😦 Watching the national news in a world that seems to be tilting on its axis

    🙂 Knowing, as the Scriptures teach us, that God is sovereign over all, including even this. There is a purpose and all is well, even when it doesn’t look or feel very much like it from our perspective.

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  2. 🙂 Husband had sinus surgery!! (He’s been waiting a year)

    🙂 Adventures in surgery and having to stay 2 nights in the city in a hotel.

    😦 Huge wind/rain/snow blizzard which caused the loss of power in the hotel for about 6 hours.

    🙂 Cell phones with flashlight

    😦 Such supreme boredom waiting for power to come back on.

    😦 The drive home the next day. But we made it 🙂

    🙂 Husband is doing really well.

    🙂 Plan in place to finally see the babies!!! 🙂

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  3. Yeah for Kare.
    I got my negative results, I think I printed them
    But I can’t seem to download them and I need to send the results to PNG
    always something

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  4. okay, they were not going to do me in. I outfoxed them. I printed them as a pdf so then I could send that on to PNG. Done. and already got an email back even though it is Sunday there. Tells you why I already have chocolate in my suitcase for the wonderful gal handling all of this.

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  5. What time do you leave tomorrow, Jo? What days do we pray for what spot in the world in which you may be found? 🙂

    I saluted your exit all three times yesterday, and R and I talked about your trip.

    We also discussed why I’m grateful for your example.

    🙂 Last month when I felt so discouraged–WHY does God insist I live HERE?–He reminded me that He puts us where He desires us to use our gifts, talents, and abilities for His glory, not our convenience.

    He reminded me that “being His light in a dark place,” is a lot physically easier HERE than say, PNG.

    He reminded me of all the things YOU were going through to be able to go back as a missionary to a place that is really far away and a lot harder, in many ways, to live in than HERE.

    I pondered that for awhile–okay, five minutes–and that’s what helped change my attitude about living HERE.

    After all, we get electricity most days. We don’t flee fire most days. I can buy whatever I need in a store, most days. My physical life is comfortable and my God will never leave me nor forsake me.

    As Adorable 8 and I discussed yesterday, as long as I’m in the center of God’s will, He will provide for me and bring about the good He has called me to do.

    So, this is my thank you to JO, for reminding me by her life who I really worship when I complain.

    I join you as a missionary, Jo, only my ministry is here. Thank you.

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  6. 😦 Talked to my neighbor who’s a worrier — she is convinced that Trump’s loss will bring a massive depression, so they’re trying to figure out how to move their savings around. She also told me to be sure to stock up on groceries this weekend as people like will be rampaging up and down the streets all week in protests.

    Pray at some point I can be better at sharing the gospel with her and her husband, she especially spends so much of her time worrying about things that probably won’t happen — and she’s very prone to believing conspiracy theories which only makes the anxiety worse, I’m sure.

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  7. Kathaleena. No.
    Sorry I didn’t get back to you, but I forgot about it until my Bible reading this morning.
    We know that Enoch and Elijah didn’t die. We suppose Moses did, but we don’t know for a fact that he did die.
    My personal opinion is that each person has to die in the flesh in order to shake off this mortality that constrains the immortal.
    i.e.
    When a person is ‘Born Again”. That person is, in fact, given a spiritual body that exists now, but is constrained by the mortal body that takes all of our attention.

    It can be confusing unless you agree that “born again” gives a person an eternal existence that is real now, but is constrained by a body that is limited. In fact, it gets in the way of the person I am.

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  8. In John 11:21, Jesus said, “Whosoever lives and believes in me shall never die.
    That has to mean that the “Born Again” person does, in fact, have a spiritual body that remains through all the toils and tribulations of the physical. Though we have to deal with the physical because if it’s constant presence. But someday, soon I hope, this spiritual body will slip out of this physical and leave it’s constraints behind.

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  9. 🙂 Vice President Pence

    😦 DC looks like an armed camp

    😦 Division in our nation that won’t go away anytime soon

    😦 The pandemic continues, numbers keep going up

    🙂 A vaccine is available

    🙂 As someone said to me last week (a source and an attorney involved in bringing downtown businesses back to live before they die forever), “No plague lasts forever.” Amen.

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  10. 😦 In a discussion about the changing mission of the U.S. Department Homeland Security: “Meet the new enemy, they are us” — Bill Bratton, former LAPD chief among his many other law enforcement titles

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