44 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 1-19-21

  1. Good morning little bird.
    As I was sitting here,during my Bible and prayer time. I was thinking about the situation we have gotten ourselves into. Biden Crime Cartel, etc.
    But I wondered. “Chas, what will you do about it?”
    The answer” I’m doing all I can. Just sitting here watching the world fall apart. That’s all.

    NO! It’s worse than that. During WWII, we wee separated from Germany by a huge ocean.
    Now? We’re doing it to ourselves.
    And Ronald Reagan is gone. No one around to unite people who love America.
    Please Pray

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  2. Good Morning! Chas when I read “what will you do?”… I whispered….”pray”….and that is what you are doing too! I would imagine there was quite an army of believers praying during the time of WWII. That period of time was ugly but the Lord never abandoned us…and He will not now…Teach me oh Lord….

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  3. Good morning. A beautiful day here. Or at least a beautiful predawn. If beauty is defined by having two babies up in the past hour. First, little tyke was ready for his diaper change and meds a bit before five. Then little girl who lives here was handed off by mom getting ready for work. Both are back in bed at this time. Husband was up earlier with girl twin. She is asleep as well.

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  4. Rather a rough evening with nineteen but her long time worker was able to call her and talk her down. Seems her new worker has been telling her about a poor deserving cat she can have against what we have told her. So she thought if she acted up, we would fold. Nope, we have two cats and occasional passing through cats. Son is allergic to some cats. Daughter may be moving out soon to a place that won’t allow her to keep a cat. She has shown no ability to care for a cat.

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  5. But she, who is rarely outside for more than a few minutes a day, has been lathering on the sunscreen in hope of lightening her skin tone Another suggestion from new worker?

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  6. I got this text this morning from a friend:

    “A mighty fortress is our God,
    A bulwark never failing:
    Our helper He, amid the flood
    Of mortal ills prevailing.
    For still our ancient foe
    Doth seek to work his woe;
    His craft and power are great,
    And armed with cruel hate,
    On earth is not his equal.

    Did we in our own strength confide,
    Our striving would be losing;
    Were not the right Man on our side,
    The Man of God’s own choosing.
    Dost ask who that may be?
    Christ Jesus, it is he;
    Lord Sabaoth is his name,
    From age to age the same,
    And He must win the battle.

    And though this world, with devils filled,
    Should threaten to undo us,
    We will not fear, for God hath willed
    His truth to triumph through us.
    The Prince of Darkness grim,—
    We tremble not for him;
    His rage we can endure,
    For lo! His doom is sure,—
    One little word shall fell him.

    That word above all earthly powers—
    No thanks to them—abideth;
    The Spirit and the gifts are ours
    Through him who with us sideth.
    Let goods and kindred go,
    This mortal life also:
    The body they may kill:
    God’s truth abideth still,
    His kingdom is for ever.”

    Let’s keep encouraging one another.

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  7. I was outside raking leaves out from our carport where another pile had accumulated. This seems like the year of never ending leaf debris.

    I am starting off now with a cup of Rooibos tea and will move along to two cups of coffee while I spend time in the Bible and in prayer. I did pray while outside taking and sweeping. One person I prayed for was our son who starts a new semester today. This will be his time to learn how to teach hybrid classes. The students are divided into two groups which alternate days in the classroom and days on line for instruction. He said he will probably learn more than his students this semester.

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  8. I tried some dandelion root chai tea yesterday. It was milder than I expected. It’s labeled as probiotic. That confused me as I was under the impression that probiotic meant active living cultures that would not be put through the heat required to make a cup of hot tea.

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  9. Amen to the words penned Janice….they are true indeed. I do so love the old hymns as it seems the words flow from this old brain..
    We only had a dusting of snow last night…not the 6 inches forecast..just enough to make the roads slickery 🙂
    That birdie up there appears to be a tad bit larger version of my Bertie the Birdie (who is singing up a storm right now!) What is it about our Creator’s gift of birds that causes my heart to go pitter pat? Perhaps it is due to my great grandparents and my Grandmother always having canaries and I was fascinated by them as a little girl…

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  10. I do not know if I am a white evangelist. I am a Christian. I presume I am predominately white but don’t know that for a fact. I do not believe we are ushering in the Kingdom by striving to stop abortion, stop the mistreatment of all races, stop the mistreatment of men and women. I do believe I am doing the will of God for me. My top priority is teaching Jesus Christ and Him crucified and risen in victory because I believe that people following Him will not be interested in the above mentioned crimes against humanity and because I do not want people to go to Hell.

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  11. A “friend” whom I don’t know posted this interesting insight on FB this morning. I’ve edited it because she had problems with the text.

    She had stepped into a teaching assignment as a new teacher, “not caring where.” They ushered her to the door of the classroom, snickered, and watched her step into chaos.

    Each classroom was arranged in learning centers instead of desks. The students moved from center to center as they completed assignments, a plan that naturally invited noise.

    I learned that because of overcrowding, each teacher had been asked to select two children to form a new classroom…my classroom…and of course, each teacher had chosen his or her two most difficult students.

    The first few weeks were a nightmarish battle for control. After losing my voice twice, my sister, Betty, a veteran first grade teacher, gave me some great advice. “The louder you are, the louder the children will be. If you want to get their attention, speak softly so they will have to be quiet in order to hear your voice.”

    I put her advice into action the very next day. As the children entered the classroom, I greeted each one with a silent smile. In my hands was a brightly wrapped box. Curious, they asked, “What is that, Mrs. Southerland?” I merely smiled and said nothing until every student was quietly seated. “I have a new plan,” I began.

    “Sometime during the day, I will call your name once. If you hear my voice, you may choose one prize from our new prize box. If you don’t hear my voice, you will miss the opportunity to select a prize and I will call another student’s name.”

    It worked like a charm! In a matter of days, my students learned to listen for my voice above all others.

    Stress comes when we allow the many voices in life to drown out the only voice that really matters, the voice of God.

    We can’t obey every voice we hear. If we try, we will end up in total failure, carrying a heavy load we were never created to carry.

    Obedience to God is not a heavy load because we don’t have to carry it alone. God’s strength and power bear the burden of our obedience to Him.

    The more time we spend in God’s Word and in prayer, the easier it will be to recognize His voice.

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  12. Happy to have electricity and be typing this morning.

    The winds have been extraordinary–roaring like I have seldom heard. About eight o’clock last night, as I read upstairs the screaming and whistling of the wind was uncanny, and then there was a terrific jolt.

    Honestly, i thought the wind had shoved the house that hard.

    But, it turned out to be a mere earthquake five miles west.

    Got up this morning, with electricity, unlike many others, to learn there was a fire 15 miles north in the middle of that chaos last night. Only five acres, they got it under control, but oh, my!

    The furies are out there!

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  13. I was mildly surprised to see fog last night when I got the dogs out for their walk. I managed to water in the front for a little while before the sun set but the overnight fog also helps the plants.

    It looks like we may have a “chance” (under 50%) of rain a few days next week, starting this Saturday. This has been one of the driest years I can remember, even through the worst of our long running drought.

    “A Mighty Fortress,” what a grand hymn, one of my favorites.

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  14. Roscuro, not sure if you will be around or if you have time for this, but this was posted on the news thread and I’d be interested in your opinion. (It’s on Covid-19 and the vaccine and it seems to be saying everyone is lying about everything.)

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  15. “it seems to be saying everyone is lying about everything” Haha. It’s now the political world we seem to live in, so sad. We need to start exercising some common-sense filters, I would say.

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  16. The letters of Revelation often get blurred together in my mind, so I looked up the “left thy first love” one. It turned out to be the first one (Revelation 2:1-7):

    ‘“Write to the angel of the church in Ephesus:

    ‘“The One who holds the seven stars in His right hand and who walks among the seven gold lampstands says: I know your works, your labor, and your endurance, and that you cannot tolerate evil. You have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and you have found them to be liars. You also possess endurance and have tolerated many things because of My name and have not grown weary. But I have this against you: You have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember then how far you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. Otherwise, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent. Yet you do have this: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.

    ‘“Anyone who has an ear should listen to what the Spirit says to the churches. I will give the victor the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in God’s paradise.”‘

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  17. Of course, the question what is that first love? John, the writer of Revelation, explains elsewhere (I John 4:7-21):

    ‘Dear friends, let us love one another, because love is from God, and everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, because God is love. God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent His One and Only Son into the world so that we might live through Him. Love consists in this: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Dear friends, if God loved us in this way, we also must love one another. No one has ever seen God. If we love one another, God remains in us and His love is perfected in us.

    ‘This is how we know that we remain in Him and He in us: He has given assurance to us from His Spirit. And we have seen and we testify that the Father has sent His Son as the world’s Savior. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God—God remains in him and he in God. And we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and the one who remains in love remains in God, and God remains in him.

    ‘In this, love is perfected with us so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment, for we are as He is in this world. There is no fear in love; instead, perfect love drives out fear, because fear involves punishment. So the one who fears has not reached perfection in love. We love because He first loved us.

    ‘If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For the person who does not love his brother he has seen cannot love the God he has not seen. And we have this command from Him: The one who loves God must also love his brother.’

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  18. And what does that love do? Paul provides the answer in I Corinthians 13:

    ‘If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

    ‘Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

    ‘Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.

    ‘So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.’

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  19. Cheryl, I just read the short introductory piece to see what their problem was. I don’t have a lot of time or energy right now to go about the internet fighting fires, so I will just say that World actually addressed the very question raised in that link as to how Moderna’s development of that technology, originally intended to create pluripotent stem cells from adult cells in order to eliminate the need to use embryonic stem cells, transitioned into them developing an RNA vaccine: https://world.wng.org/2020/12/stalling_the_virus

    An article on the vaccine I shared several weeks ago from Creation Ministeries International also addressed how the Moderna and Pfizer RNA vaccines work and the concerns about permanent altering of DNA – here it is again: https://creation.com/rna-vaccines

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  20. Wow, Roscuro! My one word focus for the year 2021 is Love and some of the verses you quoted are exactly the ones that prompted me to feel impressed to go with Love. It does override everything, but must go hand in hand with Truth. I know I can do better in the area of Christian love, and knew it would be such a challenge to follow God’s lead. Thankfully He gives us prayer and supplication for others and ourselves. That is a good place to start . . . praying to be Spirit led, and we can pray for those who consider us to be their enemies because basically they hate God and all His righteous ways. They deserve to be treated with compassion as ones made in the image of God who have never learned to love Him or others. Of course He knows the hearts of all people and recognizes some will never have a transformed heart. I pray for Him to quickly be done with those who He knows to be forever hard-hearted, but if He has use of them for His good purposes, I do ask that He forgive any prayer that does not align with His will.

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  21. Janice, when ISIS was overunning northern Iraq, World reported the heartbreaking story of a Christian Iraqi woman whose four year old daughter was ripped from her arms by an ISIS fighter who told the woman that he would teach her daughter to hate who her mother was. It is sometimes hard to pray for big situations like ISIS, except in a general way, so I started praying that the man who had snatched that little girl would know no peace until she was returned to her family. When, years later, ISIS was finally pushed out of the region, World again reported, that the little girl had been found, having been abandoned by the ISIS fighter and being cared for by a friendly family. I knew then my prayers had been answered. So when I am now confronted with a situation in the news that shocks and horrifies me with the cruelty and injustice of it all, I don’t pray that those perpetrating the injustice will be destroyed because God says that he takes no pleasure in the death of the unrighteous, but rather he takes pleasure in their repentance. Instead, I pray that they will have no peace until they cease from their injustice.

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  22. Thanks, Roscuro. I figured that conspiracy theorists weren’t the best people to know whether something did or didn’t qualify to be called a vaccine, and I knew a lot of the other stuff in the article wasn’t true. I just hadn’t even heard that argument before and wondered about it.

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  23. Roscuro – I remember that story, and how heartbreaking it was. I cried when I read it, and of course, I prayed. At times that incident would come back to my memory, and I would pray again. When the story came out that the girl had been found, I was so relieved and happy for her and her family, and praised God for her return.

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  24. World’s website has a little problem that can be annoying. Sometimes I am on an article, but am not logged in. So I try to log in. Most sites that I am familiar with will go back to (or stay on) the page you were on when you logged in. But World will take me to another page. If I hit the backspace button to go back to the article, I will show up as “Guest” again, although that can work on other sites.

    A little while ago, I was trying to log in from an article that Roscuro shared (which is one I shared on Facebook recently). It came up as being on “Guest”, so I tried logging in. What I just described above happened. So I decided to click on the main page, and then search the article from there. When the main page came up, I was again logged out. (And yes, I had also clicked the “Remember me” box.)

    I guess that as long as I am able to read an article, and am not interested in commenting, it doesn’t make any difference. But I wanted to share it on the news thread, and I’m not sure “guests” can do that and have the article be available for others. I should send them an email and tell them about this glitch, or whatever it is.

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  25. A free Christian nonfiction book, I Am a Field, by Jeff Davenport is available for Kindle on Amazon. I have not read it but thought it sounds interesting so I got it for my Kindle.

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  26. Kizzie, I’ve had the same glitch on World’s site, very frustrating. I’d go there more often but it’s a hassle.

    We must be getting Michelle’s windstorm, it’s really blowing down here. I had to go out to run an errand and saw a huge tree limb snap and come flying down on a sidewalk — luckily no one was walking there.

    My poor, almost-dead pine tree is trying to stand firm.

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  27. Yay, I have an easy, quick daily story lined up to do tomorrow (along with an interview on one to run on Fri or Saturday).

    It’s still windy, but more intermittently rather than all the time. My front porch seat cushions few off onto the driveway, two solar lanterns tipped over, and a Mexican metal rooster decoration toppled off the little turquoise front-porch table.

    The back patio is covered in leaves and brown pine needles are now everywhere.

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  28. We’ve got a wind warning out for tonight and tomorrow morning, too. Husband is travelling to Saskatoon to have the splints removed. The blowing snow and icy roads will be an issue.

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  29. DJ – I had once left an umbrella – still up – on the front porch, to dry off before bringing it in. Then I promptly forgot about it. Later that day, or maybe it was the next day, we had some fierce wind. My neighbor later told me that she had seen the umbrella, handle up, floating down the brook out back. 😀

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    I sent an email about the log-in problem to World. (In my earlier comment, where I mentioned the backspace button, I mention the return/go back arrow.)

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