113 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 2-6-21

  1. Good Morning. I’m glad someone is there with you.

    For those who have pets… we’ve all laughed about a cat waking you up but a little dog can be persistent. I can ignore him until he jumps off the bed, then I’m wide awake. He’s 12 and a half.

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  2. Good morning, stateside friends!
    Good evening, Jo and other friends in far away places.

    I got the grocery shopping done. Now I need to sneak in the package of cat food and hide it from Queen B. I usually wait until I finish the old bag of food and only have one package at a time. But these days I feel like I must keep stocked up. I am out of space to store things. I need to find a better solution. Last year early on I bought up several bags of cat food and Art stored them at the office until I ran out.

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  3. Morning…asking our Lord to surround you and Elvera with His love and comfort this morning Chas… ♥️
    Last day of visitors…they will leave in the morning. Pleasant for the most part but challenging moments as well…. 😊 …..

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  4. Chas, my prayers continue for you and Elvera, and all. Thankful that God gives us medicines to ease the pains. Praying that God will help you at each point of hearing her in pain. It is a rough stretch right now. We are all here for whenever you need someone to lean on for encouragement on this difficult path. I think of women giving birth and how the baby has to go that difficult way to get out of the womb. I think of Elvera as going through a type of birth canal to get to her wonderful new home with Jesus.

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  5. Thanks for prompting me to have two Adorables over for the night. They’re 7 and 9 and after making and eating dinner, we spent the evening making hot chocolate bombs and playing 3/4 of the board game Life.

    We’ll finish the bombs and Life in the next hour since Dad is due for the pick up. A good evening.

    LIFE, however, has changed since I last played it, probably several life-times ago. Now if you go to college, you start with $100,000 in debt–and the banker (9, in this case) hands you the IOUs to prove it!

    I have set of twins . . .

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  6. I always made a photo book for each grandchild after they came to spend time with us. They easily forget all that they did. None of my grands are close enough for quick overnights. i once had a grandson who complained to a younger sibling that he didn’t get to do something. Well, yes, he did. Check out the photo book. Lol. It is amazing what DOES stick in their memories, but isn’t this true of ourselves and our children?

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  7. Here is the latest on my dad. My sister posted this on our family Facebook page (edited):

    There has been a marked decline in Dad’s condition this week. He is now in a hospital bed in the living room. He spends most of the time sleeping and is getting more pain meds to keep him comfortable. He still is able to “get up” with assistance to sit in a wheelchair, but they are looking for one with a higher seat as he is too weak to raise himself up.
    Mom’s sister is spending time throughout the mornings until after lunch 2-3 days a week to help and allow Mom to run errands and go to appointments. Hospice is sending an aide 2 days a week to take care of bathing.
    Please continue to pray for them both. I am especially burdened for Mom, who is working so hard and getting weary.

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  8. the torrential rain woke me up so I thought I would come visit you all. Praying for you, chas, and praying for our country. Difficult to see that your country has been taken over. Harder still to see so many not realizing that.
    Praying for His mercy.

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  9. Thanx Peter. I thought for a while that you were describing Elvera’s condition until you said “get up” She will likely never “get up” again.

    It’s tough. Very hard to take.
    Chuck and Linda likely never seen me cry before.
    They did today.

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  10. This is a very common end picture. In my mind, it is harder on the observers than on the participant. God is there with her. She is in good Hands.

    Praying also for you big brother as you see the end coming for your dad as well. It is difficult.

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  11. I woke up at around 4 a.m. to what was a cacophony of fog horns moaning in the harbor. That was interspersed by the sounds of a train, either arriving or leaving, on its way to pick up or deliver cargo somewhere in the country.

    The Super Bowl is this weekend, right? Who can keep track of the time in a pandemic.

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  12. As we weep with those of you weeping on this page, it helps the rest of us look through your lens at a broken world.

    I’ve been walking weekly for 20 years with a woman who is not a Christian. But, in the last year of pandemic, she and her family are confronting challenges they’ve always been able to master before. She now asks my opinion of what to do.

    Much smaller for us, but big for her and her young grandchildren, was the death of her 19-year-old cat this week. “What do I say to my grandchildren?”

    “What do you believe? What did their parents say to them?”

    It was a healthy conversation as we edge closer to God. I told her I believe how a child is introduced to death through the loss of a pet is healthy and good if handled with love, truth, and clarity–only answering their questions.

    She listened and later texted to me to say how thankful she was for the conversation. The five-year-old asked a few questions, my friend answered without elaboration and the little girl was fine.

    But, my friend is wrestling with other things brought up in the conversation–in a good way.

    Thank you again for the honor of walking through the valley of shadows with you two, well-loved, men. We sorrow with you.

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  13. Death of loved ones is always sad in some major ways, but when such suffering is involved in some other major ways it is a relief to know they are out of that physical pain forever. Praying for both families going through such similar things today.

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  14. I am making Irish Stew on a cold damp day. That’s what happens when I read a book set in Ireland.
    Mr P is still puny. Today was my last day of quarantine. The words “The Gift of Covid” keep tumbling around in my mind. I have several ideas of what the gift has been but haven’t completely worked it out.

    Chas I continue to pray for peace to surround you all. Especially Elvera.

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  15. I’m going through old stacks of mail and work-related paper that needs to be shredded — so I’m checking out shredding services near me. I still have a few large garbage bags of old paperwork also that are in the garage (somewhere), but I just need to get the work-related stuff out of here for now.

    Nothing super sensitive, but names and info on much of it so should really get formally discarded.

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  16. Yes. A lot of time your bank will shred for you. Also check into an office supply store. They may have a service that might be less expensive.
    My stew turned out good. First time I have made it this way. It has a bottle of Guiness and a cup of red wine in it. It is also seasoned with thyme. Not usually one of my favorite spices but this all worked together.

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  17. We have used a shredding service for old tax files. The guy had a the shredding equipment in the truck which came on site to do the work so it could be observed. That made it feel much more secure than just handing things over and not knowing if they were ever put through a shredder. As I recall it was an Army Vet who had the single owner business. He took pride in doing a good job. I think he had a helper with him.

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  18. No, but I have sat in front of the shredder and shredded. Probably just as effective to put them in a garbage bag out for the mice to shred. Might add a little peanut butter to give them incentive to get started.

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  19. Thanks, I know Office Depot does it and they’re close by. These are just printouts of emails etc. so nothing financially sensitive, they just should be shredded.

    I may put them in the front of the garage just for now though. I need to clear some space in that back office.

    Now I’m craving beef stew which I haven’t made in a while.

    Just got the stove cleaned up from the pot roast & spaghetti I’ve cooked in the past week.

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  20. dj that is what I did during quarantine. Only I don’t have a shredder so i burned it all. Then my fire burned through the arc mesh, wire, on the bottom of the barrel. Oh, my barrel is actually a concrete thing. Anyway a friend came over the other evening with another piece of arc mesh.

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  21. My heart goes out to you, Peter. My mom just went through that. I was only able to connect by using Face Time and she couldn’t really speak. All so difficult and sad.

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  22. We used to be able to burn at our house in the country. When we were getting ready to move, my mother-in-law came over with files of counseling notes her late husband had made and other sensitive info. And on the actual day of the move, while everyone was loading the moving trucks, my husband sat by the fire and burned boxes we hadn’t used and anything else people brought to him.

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  23. Janice, I grew up in Phoenix and I was a teenager the first time I ever saw it snow (not in Phoenix). But my parents and younger two siblings had gone camping once when my little brother was not quite four, and they ran into a hailstorm serious enough that it did some damage to the trailer roof. If you have ever spent time in a tiny travel trailer (not a big one, this was tiny), you can imagine how noisy that storm must have been.

    Months later my mom said something about snow falling without making any noise. My brother corrected her. “Snow doesn’t come down quietly. It comes crashing down on the roof!”

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  24. There was an incinerator in our backyard at the house where I grew up. We didn’t use it much, that I recall, but my friend from next door and I liked to climb on top of it to sit and talk.

    Nowadays, people will post all over NextDoor as soon as someone’s fireplace appears to be active, telling them it’s a ‘NO BURN DAY!”

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  25. I also need to get that chimney cleaned, I don’t use the fireplace often but when I have some extra money I really should get someone out to clean and otherwise take a look at it. I was told by someone after I moved it that it needed something like $1,000-$2,000 worth of work which I declined to do at the time, but that’s been a while ago. The flue also is stuck in the open position (better than closed I suppose)

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  26. Thanks for your concern and prayers. Elvera is not conscious now and I am just sitting here with nothing I can do. Just wait.
    I pray a lot, but God has already heard what I need to say several times.
    I know. It just seem that nothing changes.
    But Chuck & LindaS came over and Linda S stayed with her and Chuck & (GD) Becky & I went out to dinner.
    I haven’t been out, except to the mailbox, for over two weeks now. It was a nice change.

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  27. Peter I am sorry to hear of your Dad’s decline. Asking our Lord to minister to him and that he might hear the voice of our Lord unto salvation… ♥️
    Continuing to cover you in prayer as well Chas…these last days are so hard yet we thank Him for the “one more day’s”….we love you….

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  28. hmmm…. no one having trouble sleeping?? no one seems to be awake in the middle of my day. It was so sweet to finally attend church inside today. We all sat physically distant and wearing a mask, but still it was sweet. I may sit outside next week so I won’t have to wear a mask.

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  29. nice to see you all. Just about time for me to head to bed. Raining hard again.

    Tomorrow is my birthday and it felt like God gave me my present tonight. I have been craving a hymn sing all year. I knew I needed some time to praise Him with others, but with covid no one was doing much singing. So this morning in church they told us tonight would be a hymn sing. There weren’t too many of us there so I asked if we could spread out and take off our masks. The doors were open and there was a breeze blowing through. It was the most precious time. Two I knew by heart: “Great is Thy Faithfulness” and “How Great Thou Art”.
    Such a joy.

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  30. Donna must be a night owl to be up at 6:38 eastern.
    Elvera is still with us. Sleeping loudly now. She doesn’t usually do that.
    Chuck stayed over to give her two medicines during the night. He’s gone now.

    I hope all of you have a good day.
    I don’t expect one, but I get lots of praying time in.
    And sometimes I think of how I have been blessed all these years.
    You have to know where I started to appreciate that last statement.

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  31. I am a night owl generally but in this case woke up and just never got back to sleep — reading and watched an hourlong religion reporters’ discussion about the stories re Dave Ramsey.

    And fed the cat of course.

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  32. Good morning, good night, and all the between times, may they be as good as possible. God reigns over our times here on earth and He reigns outside of time on earth over in the realm of eternity which we do not understand. Praise Him for loving us so much that He wants to spend eternity with us. ♡ He is our Good, Good Father, our Abba. I love Him.

    Asking that in His great love He will make a way of salvation for Peter’s Dad.

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  33. Miss Bosley is watching the birds. Almost sounds like spring outside. She was being Betty Bad Cat this morning as she enjoyed knocking Art’s medicine bottles to the floor. You’ve seen toddlers who keep dropping their pacifiers to the floor to see someone pick them up? Yep, she could be one of those.

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  34. Chas- My father-in-law slept loudly on his last day on Earth, all day. Mrs. L awoke in the middle of the night and heard the “death rattle” and he was gone.

    I couldn’t sleep last night, so I graded some papers and wrote the prologue to a short story I’d written 20 years ago. Except the story is in English, but I wrote the prologue in Spanish. I have worked some on translating the original to Spanish to use in class. Maybe now I’ll complete that task.

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  35. Morning…family is on the road again..this visit was mostly sweet..thankful indeed. It is a sunny warmish day here in the forest and snow will be doing some melting with high 40 degree temps and wind. So thankful to have snow covering the forest floor.
    Continued prayers for Peter and Chas…may the knowing of our Lord’s divine and loving plan from the beginning of time comfort you both in the days ahead ♥️

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  36. DJ, I don’t always agree with Dave Ramsey. I have had the privilege of hearing him speak at a national convention I attended. I searched for the articles in the news about him and it sort of sounds to me like a set up and having a sarcastic sense of humor I might have typed out an email like that but wouldn’t have sent it.

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  37. DJ, I’m at work, on break. It is very busy and I am precepting a student, which I did not know about until I started work yesterday morning.

    It snowed last night and this morning, coming into work, while coming down a hill on a curve, I must have hit ice, as I lost control of the car, spun around and ended up on the opposite side of the road with the back of my car stuck in a snow bank. Thankful for that snow bank, as the ditch beyond is deep. A Good Samaritan in the form of a healthcare worker coming off the night shift stopped and helped me get my car back on the road, as the front wheels were on ice and the back wheels buried in snow up to the drive shaft. I was only 2 minutes late for work. But I feel a bit shattered emotionally. Not sure about my car, there was a vibration in the back now that wasn’t there before the incident. Not sure if it was just ice and snow buildup, or something more serious.

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  38. Peter, I think there is a special agony in attempting to pray for a loved one who is not a beliver. My unbelieving brother was diagnosed with lung cancer last month and I wrestle with praying for him.

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  39. Wow, roscuro, so glad you’re okay after that car spinout. Hope the car is OK.

    Kim, yes, interesting response — the way NOT to conduct public relations as one of the religion news reporters commented. It was an interesting discussion and most (if not all) of the participants also are believers who have covered the company.

    They also touched on some of the blowback they’ve received personally, getting a bit into the issue of how this current wave of very personalized media hatred, including among Christians, is becoming a concern.

    I think we’ve all seen it to some degree — criticizing the media should not spill into a visceral kind of hatred for individuals (whom critics don’t know personally, of course) in circumstances in which they’re just trying to do a job.

    So this also seemed to expose some of that in what is supposed to be a Christian organization, unfortunately.

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  40. Glad you’re okay, Roscuro.

    It has sounded like a race track here as loud trucks try to make it up the snow covered hill. It’s quieter now that the city plowed and spread sand on the street. To cold for the salt to work (5 degrees F).

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  41. We live also in an unattractive era of “snark” (basically rudeness and crassness, things we were raised not to engage in) that got old for most of us a long time ago.

    Social media has done us no favors on that front.

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  42. DJ and Kim – What are you talking about, re: Dave Ramsey? (I think I may have read something not too long ago about a snarky email from him or his organization, but I don’t remember what it said.)

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  43. DJ – To go along with your 1:40, there is also the too-common attitude that if one dislikes/hates a politician or public figure, then any negative report about that figure must be true. No room for giving someone the benefit of the doubt, let along admitting that a negative report could be false.

    I’ve been accused of being politically correct or liberal for sharing the truth about various people or groups. My defenses of Trump when he was falsely accused of something, or his words were twisted, “proved” that I must be a Trump supporter.

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  44. https://baptistnews.com/article/how-dave-ramsey-responded-to-a-story-about-being-a-bully-by-bullying-the-reporter-who-wrote-it/#.YCA6Xy2caYU
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    The email response to Smietana (the reporter) and RNS (Religious News Service) — which says it was blind-copied to pastors of “top churches” and other religious leaders — sets its tone from the start: “We want to confirm for you that you are right, we are horrible evil people. We exist to simply bring harm to our team, take advantage of our customers, and spread COVID. And YOU figured it all out, wow. Who would have guessed that an unemployed guy, oh I am sorry, a ‘freelance reporter’ would be the one to show us how horrible we are so we can change and to let the world know of our evil intent, secrets, and complete disregard for decency ….. but YOU did it, you with all your top notch investigative skills have been able to weave together a series of half-truths to expose our evil ways. You are truly amazing.”

    The email was sent the day before the article was published.

    By Jan. 22, a week after the original post, Smietana said on his personal Twitter account that sarcastic email from Ramsey Solutions “got a lot of attention. About 100 of his people reached out to me. Most were polite and talked about how they loved their work. A few were angry. And someone signed me up for a Mormon dating service.”
    _______________________

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  45. So thankful that God kept you safe, Roscuro. That is scary to read about.

    It would be good for all Christians to check what they say before they say it to see if it aligns with the Fruit of the Spirit. I for one certainly need to do that. And sometimes we just say too much. The Bible gives good guidance if only we would let it be a bit and bridle with God alone in control and not we ourselves in the flesh.

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  46. Wow. That was a very sarcastic and rude email.

    I’ve never understood how it can be considered “Christian” to fire a single pregnant woman, who needs her income more than ever. I can understand if she is “front and center” in some way in a ministry or Christian school, but even then, there could be a “behind the scenes” job she could be moved to.

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  47. The other side of it is she could have gone out of town and had an abortion and no one would have been the wiser. Where is the grace. It certainly isn’t the baby’s fault.

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  48. Here’s the article the reporter was working on. If the woman signed a policy committing not to engage premarital sex, then the company could have a “case.” However, this article goes into detail on how they fired the lady who was pregnant while single, but went on to keep a serial adulterer because he was important to the company. Troubling. https://religionnews.com/2021/01/15/dave-ramsey-is-tired-of-being-called-a-jerk-for-his-stands-on-sex-and-covid/

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  49. We have several super bowls. The painted ceramic south of the border motif all the way to the large metal ones for mixing bread dough and other tasty things. We have upgraded since husband took over the kitchen. These have the rubberized bottoms so they don’t slide off the counter when mixing stuff.

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  50. We have some nice soup bowls, and cereal bowls as well. Not to mention the bowl shaped plates we picked up in Greece. I like them as they are smaller than the plates and yet the food can be piled on.

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  51. So, just out of curiosity, at a super bowl party, are you supposed to put stuff in the bowls? Or do you think that would detract from the bowls appearance?

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  52. Our beautiful day has included several inches of snow. It was still snowing when darkness fell, so I will have to do my shoveling in the morning.

    We have the Super Bowl on my TV (since Nightingale and Boy don’t have cable upstairs) and Nightingale is making some goodies for us to have as a meal and snacks.

    I’ve been having some discomfort that I think may be due to a trapped gas bubble. Please pray that it will dissipate soon, and that if it is not merely a gas bubble, that will become evident. Thanks.

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  53. I just turned the game on, so I guess I’m rooting for KC because it’s in the Midwest, but I relate to the Buccaneers pirate logo (which is the logo for our home town).

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  54. And speaking of snow, we drove out to a friend’s house in the country for the game in falling snow. The road hadn’t been plowed, so it was slow going both ways. The hard part was getting up the long hill that is the friend’s driveway. He had plowed it, but more snow had fallen making it too slick.

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  55. When Art got home he got to see the end of the game. After that we did a Zoom call with Wesley. We were talking about his “High Adventure” trip with the Scouts when they went to Sea Base at the Bahamas. It was fairly expensive, and the guys had to raise some of the money with fundraisers and such. I reminded him of how two of the Scouts got into big trouble on the trip because they bought alcoholic beverages which was legal there for what we count as underage here (but it was still against Scout rules). I think those guys actually got kicked out of the troop. Wesley had not thought back to those high school days in a long time. He was glad to be reminded of that fun trip.

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  56. Good evening, Jo. I hoped I would see you here. I had a rude awakening. Our city has those crazed street racers who take over an area and now they have descended into my area. When I went to the P.O. box at the mall on Saturday I saw all the dark rubber circles all over the parking lot. The lawlessness and disorderly conduct! I can not imagine how loud it was for those living closer than we do.

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