Our Daily Thread 3-9-21

Good Morning!

Today is Janice and Art’s anniversary! 🙂

The header is from them as well.


Anyone have a QoD?


59 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 3-9-21

  1. Happy anniversary, Janice and Art! And happy (almost) birthday, Art.

    It’s early spring here, our second of four days in the sixties, and I get to meet a friend from church and her neighbor to go for a walk. I’m hoping to find some wildflowers. Crocus are up and trees are budding out, but I’ve seen no wildflowers yet, not even dandelions.

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  2. Good morning! Thank you for the good wishes, Cheryl.

    The picture is sideways and not turned as portrait as it should be. But even so you can see what a beautiful day it was yesterday and again will be today. Bit will those flowers fully open by tomorrow?

    The birds are sounding so sweet. Taking time to pray for 6 and Roscuro and Chas. And prayers for many others, too.

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  3. I looked at the header photo without knowing who it was from and immediately thought of the birthday tree. Is that it?

    Happy anniversary!

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  4. Yes, I believe that is the birthday tree. We may have record high temperatures today. Must be in celebration of Janice and Art. 😉 Happy anniversary!

    I recently finished Tamera Alexander’s book, With This Pledge which is a novel set during the Battle of Franklin. Since I have visited these sites and it is relatively close to my daughter’s home, I found it a very interesting read. I found a mini ball myself when out on a walk one day when visiting my daughter and her family. I was familiar with much of this history, but this historical fiction really made it come alive. The book is based on the true story of the governess at Carnton Plantation and a convalescing soldier at the plantation after the Battle of Franklin. I just thought I would recommend it for those of you who may like this type of book.

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  5. Morning! The birthday tree is blossoming late this year? Happy Anniversary Janice and Art!!
    We are having one more nice Spring day then the weather begins to move in. Now we might get a couple feet of snow…or not! We’ll see when it gets here! 😂
    The birds are singing, Mr and Mrs flicker are carrying nesting material to their new bird house…so fun to watch them!

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  6. Thank you for your prayers. I have got some relief, but the problem won’t be solved until I get the surgery.

    Management is being difficult again and I do not even know why, union doesn’t know why either. This arose immediately after I informed the employer I would need time off for surgery, which seems significant.

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  7. Michelle, we just started a course called Constitutional Literacy by Michael Farris (thanks CBD) and the piece you sent yesterday fit right into today’s discussion.

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  8. The Birthday Tree! Happy celebration season for you two, Janice and Art. Too bad it’s tax season, huh?

    I called my tax guy yesterday and he said I could come by if I wanted — or just email (or snail mail) my stuff to him, so I’m going that route this time. I think everything I need is in a little pile on a front corner table.

    We have rain arriving in some parts of the region tonight and then tomorrow we all should be pretty wet, with snow coming to the mountains. It’s cold (for us). Parka! (Which is one of those Eddie Bauer Weathertech jackets with a hood I bought several years ago; it’s light weight and not bulky, but is very warm; and a hood is just always easier in the rain than an umbrella.)

    What about those royals going at it again in a family feud? Good thing we can’t all go on Oprah to air our dirty laundry.

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  9. Great article from Michelle. Very thorough in its coverage.

    I just went to Publix in search of cards for Art. I only found a St.
    Patrick’s Day card. I don’t want to go elsewhere. I will ponder this situation. I decided to make a chocolate oatmeal cake that uses a bar of German’s chocolate. I always thought it was German, but I discovered it is branded as German’s.


  10. I see there’s been a “biting incident” with one of the president’s dogs.

    As we came home from the walk last night, one of the smaller (but not tiny) dogs, Rambo, allowed to run loose at the neighbors, came up to harass Tess. Tess does not like dogs that do that and lunged on her leash, snarling and growling — she apparently made contact as Rambo took off up his driveway whimpering. I think he was ok, probably just stunned. It was dark enough out (and Rambo is black) that I really didn’t even see him at first.

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  11. Morning all. Almost time for market. I worked on my taxes several weekends ago, filling out the questions my person asked and going online to find everything. And…. yesterday she had them done and it is all good news. Whew, being home all year I thought I would owe so it is wonderful to find that I am getting a refund.

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  12. Market was wonderful since all the new folks just got out of quarantine this morning. I got to hug a friend that I hadn’t see for quite a while.

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  13. I’m having a frustrating day chasing a homeless story that’ll have to get held. Next interview is at 3.

    It’s very windy here, one of my latching long windows even blew open, it’s more firmly latched now. Rain comes after midnight.

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  14. Michelle – This quote from that link on government has me has me skeptical (not about the whole thing, but about this particular quote). He says, “If your ungodly neighbors aren’t angry at your for being righteous, you’re probably not (Genesis 19:9).”

    If that is true, then I must be in trouble, because my neighbors like me.


  15. Kizzie, I would say you were right to be skeptical about that quote. Paul said, “If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” (Romans 12:18).

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  16. We had frozen pizzas for supper. Trying to keep down on dishes, as the septic tank backed up today into the laundry room. I spent a couple hours mopping it up, while Second in-law and my father dug up the septic tank covers through partially frozen ground for them to be pumped out tomorrow.


  17. Well, Hubby and I used to do that sometimes. Nightingale rarely does.

    You may remember that yesterday I said that I was very tired, since I had gotten up earlier than I needed to after not getting enough sleep the night before. And that was on top of some other recent nights of not getting enough sleep. I’m used to being tired from that kind of thing, but sometimes, like yesterday, it makes me especially tired and emotional. I also had some extra things to do yesterday, and not knowing what Nightingale would be making for dinner, was not looking forward to having to do a big clean-up after dinner.

    Sometime in the afternoon, I got a text from her telling me that she was going to be doing her bi-weekly grocery shopping trip after work, and would pick up something for dinner. I was so relieved that there would be no big clean-up to deal with! (I never know with her whether it’s going to be a simple, quick clean-up, or a much bigger clean-up.)

    Nightingale got home late, due to the shopping. I went into the kitchen, wondering what she had brought home for dinner. Well. . . she couldn’t decide what to get, so she decided to cook dinner at home. I almost cried.

    And wouldn’t ya know it, the dinner that she “whipped together” made a big mess. (It was delicious, though.) Considering that she had worked all day, done a big shopping, put groceries away, and cooked dinner, I didn’t have the heart to complain or to ask her to help me clean up. So I dove into it, knowing that I would laugh about it the next day. And I did.

    (In case you’re wondering why I didn’t put the groceries away for her, that is because she prefers to do it herself, as she has her system for how things go. I do put away some things, like the milk in the fridge, and the cereal in the cabinet.)


  18. Mumsee – I realize that that verse does not refer directly to what the man’s quote said, but it seems to me that it is at least related. What do you think about that quote?


  19. I agree with it because it is true in my life. Yes, I get along fine with the neighbors. But the resentment/anger/disgust/whatever is there. Yes, I am socially a misfit but a good part of it is because I don’t do what is expected. Join clubs and sit and gossip, drink, malign others in daily conversation, drink, watch degrading movies, drink, use profanity, drink, etc.. So I am viewed as the religious nut down the road with all of those kids (and they are not talking goats!) My daughter is described to me by the mail lady (my next door neighbor a half a mile away) as the sweet little religious girl. And had never met her. Twenty years ago. Those I have gotten to know are fine with me though they still think I am odd and need to lighten up on my “kids”, which is why I found the can of beer in my sixteen year old’s lunchbox, because the mayor had given it to him. And giving my challenging son devices, beer, access to porn, etc. They don’t want you to be different. And a lot of my neighbors are Catholics. But some of them have the same issues as I do. In but not of comes to mind. We get along, we are at peace, but they resent my behavior. Is it because of Christ or just because I am odd? No idea. But I know God comes up a lot in conversations with me.


  20. My neighbors know that I am a Christian, and they know that I don’t do a lot of stuff that others do, but as far as I know, they like me. Maybe it is because we hang out at the school bus stop and chat?

    There has been a couple times, though, when previous neighbors weren’t fond of us because they knew we were Christians, although they didn’t know us personally.


  21. I get along fine with the neighbors as far as chit chat in passing. Several of the immediate neighbors are church goers. The ones right down the road are members of the local Methodist church and have had various of my children attend. There are only about eight regulars. And there is an LDS. And the Christian Church. And some Lutherans. And a lot of Catholics. And quite a few non believers. The mayor, the guy who gathers the children around him at church and gives them candy and gave son beer, attends both the Christian Church and the Methodist. In fact, the farmers who gave him beer after work are Methodists.


  22. Mumsee, the commandment living peaceably with all is definitely relevant to the quote. It is easy to provoke hatred of oneself by being rude and offensive and I have seen Christians deliberately air opinions they know to be offensive and then whine about being persecuted – saw it today on FB from a certain relative. The Bible warns that such an attitude earns no rewards with God, and repeatedly warns us to make sure there is nothing in our lives that will give just cause for offense. Paul reamed out the Corinthian church for allowing a sin in their church that even pagans found offensive, saying they were causing unbelievers to blaspheme. Paul also said that church elders must have a good reputation with those outside the church. Again and again, Christians are warned to give no reason for unbelievers to be hostile towards them. So, it is at the very least, sloppy to assert that if unbelievers do not hate you, you must be doing something wrong, because if they hate you for good reasons, then you are doing something wrong.

    I Peter 2:15: “For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.”

    I Peter 3:13-17: “Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.”

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  23. To me, it seems that there will be some who will hate or dislike or be angry with us merely for being Christians, no matter what we do. But I don’t think that that would be every unbeliever we know.

    Thinking back to when I was an unbeliever, I remember that there were some righteous believers whom I very much liked, and I respected that they were different from the world.


  24. Roscuro, I don’t go out of my way to provoke. I just exist. Like I said, I will leave it to God to decide if I am an annoyance for Him or just because I am odd.


  25. I Corinthians 10:33-34: “Give no offense to the Jews or the Greeks or the church of God, just as I also try to please all people in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of many, so that they may be saved.”


  26. Kizzie, maybe because God was drawing you into the family. No, they won’t all actively dislike. But they will probably all be uncomfortable and it is not because of the believer but because of Whom they represent. It is that whole idea of God and His demands for perfection that irks people.

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  27. https://myonlycomfort.com/2021/02/10/the-offense-of-the-cross/:
    “The “offense” of the cross is not what many in modern evangelicalism think it is. It isn’t to make yourself as offensive as possible; nor is it getting in people’s faces over the law. It is the offense of the cross; not the offense of the law.

    The offense of the cross is that our whole righteousness before God is the perfect righteousness of Christ put on our account. Our only hope before God is our sins nailed to his cross.

    The reason that this is so offensive is that it means that your pedigree, your education, your socio-economic status, your politics, your standing in the community, your church membership, your good works, your wisdom – count for less than nothing in God’s eyes.”

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  28. Exactly, which is why the world gets miffed with believers who are standing on the Rock. The offense is Christ but because they cannot shake their fist at God or that would be saying He exists, they have to belittle or undermine or somehow try to discourage Christians. It is not what we do but Who we stand for.

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  29. Interestingly, if you ask for a reference, the reference will probably be glowing! Which means we are in good standing with the neighbors and yet there is that undercurrent of not quite dislike but more not understanding…

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  30. Luke 21 17 comes to mind.
    and you will be hated by all because of My name.

    But I suppose that only refers to the last days, whenever that arrives.


  31. Hated for the name of Christ, not for our own righteousness.

    As the essay I shared in the link notes, the offense of the cross is not the offense of the law. The older I get, the more I see how wrong the modern church got it in the culture wars that enveloped my youth. Not because they believed in a certain sexual ethic and value human life at all stages, but because the way they showed their conviction was by shunning the sinner. Jesus was shunned by the Pharisees for eating with those same sinners, and in so doing, he in no way compromised his own righteousness or his witness. Yet growing up the message was not even to associate with those of certain lifestyles, lest you become contaminated. When my dear friend and relative ended up befriending and seeking to be a witness to an openly homosexual classmate in school, an older cousin told her she shouldn’t even be speaking to ‘those people’. Somehow the instructions in I Corinthians 5 got reversed, and instead of shunning open sinners who claimed to be Christians, the church shunned sinners who made no such claim – it was the complete reverse of Paul’s instructions and Jesus’ own example. Jesus lambasted the hypocrisy of the Pharisees, who were teachers of the law, while associating with the sinners whose open sins made them social outcasts from respectable society.

    There is a funny line in the time traveling TV show ‘Dr. Who’ in which a Roman father in Pompeii is depicted as scolding his teenage son for hanging out with low lifes, “Etruscans, Christians, and all sorts!”. I found it amusing, because that is exactly what the Christians were in that era, social outcasts, not quite respectable, weird, not the sort of crowd an upstanding Roman citizen would want their children hanging out with. Yet they were completely harmless “Wise as serpents, and harmless as doves”, Jesus said (Matthew 10:16). Paul notes that some of their number had in the past been involved in the kinds of sexually perverse behaviour that was common in that era, but were no longer (that made it all the worse when one of the Corinthian church was involved in sexually deviant behaviour that even that very ‘progressive’ society found abhorrent). Clearly, as social outcasts themselves, the church ministered to those which had been wrecked by the decadence of the society around them. The early church wasn’t concerned with reversing the moral decay of the Roman Empire, and those who thought Jesus had come to restore Israel’s greatness were sorely disappointed. Instead Christ and his Apostles focused the offense on the salvation of humanity. When Paul appeared before both the Sanhedrin and the Roman governor, the sticking point was the same, Paul’s preaching on the Resurrection. As Paul later wrote, Christ resurrected was to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Gentiles foolishness. Yet, that is not the narrative that the world finds offensive about the Church today. In the noise of the culture wars, the name of Christ is rarely ever spoken.

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