39 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 3-17-21

  1. Good morning. Was extremely busy yesterday, and as a result, spent a mostly sleepless night, with nightmares when I did try to sleep. The meeting with management was cancelled by management. Thank you for the prayers.

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  2. Good morning!

    Yes, Chas, He is amazing like that. And to think that the Holy Spirit indwells each believer . . . He has to be all over the world as He takes up residence in each new believer. He has overcome death and also distance and time as we know it. Awesome and mind boggling! We could never sing enough praises or give Him enough thanks . . . He gives us eternity to try.

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  3. Remarkable. They say we can’t actually multi task. Our minds cannot focus on two things at once, we think sequentially even in micro seconds. But God apparently can and does so enormously.

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  4. Good snowy frosty morning! It is an Ansel Adams photo moment in the forest this morning. Everything appears to be in black and white! I love it!
    We had an old fashion hymn sing last night at small group. Paul and I picked up our sweet 90 year old couple and made our way into town. They were so excited to sing the old hymns. They shared with us about the time they sang in a quartet at church and they were in the choir at their Baptist church in Florida. LeRoy told us of the old church he attended with his family in Wisconsin…he transported us back to a time of simplicity and community…what a treasure!

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  5. It’s amusing. On the TV, the man and woman sit six feet away from each other. But I know that wen the camera leaves, they sit next to each other for their coffee.

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  6. I finished first reading of the Reader’s Bible. Very nice. Very comfortable way to read and seems to make it seem more connected without all of the breaks. Not to say the study Bible does not get a good workout as well!

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  7. This week is flying by, as most of them do for me. I’m going to have to take at least a long weekend soon, I’m burning out again and my vacation time is coming up on the cap.

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  8. I am sitting around waiting for my constitutional literacy people to finish reading the UN Rights of the Child, circling anything they find questionable.

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  9. Another good Bible study with the Wonderful Women of Wednesdays.

    That Reader’s Bible sounds good, Mumsee. Is it based on a particular version?

    Someone who is near and dear to my heart has an interview in your vicinity, Mumsee. If it turns into anything I will let you know later.

    The rain has begun. We are suppose to have really bad weather between now and tomorrow morning with the worst after midnight. I expect few flowers to be left on the Birthday Tree.

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  10. Janice, the Reader’s Bible is ESV. I liked the intro where the oversight committee said:

    There is a time for analyzing the biblical text word by word and verse by verse in a concentrated way. Most modern Bibles are effective for such Bible study. But there is also a time for immersing ourselves in the sweep of the storyline in a way that most modern editions of the Bible can inhibit. The uncluttered elegance of the ESV Reader’s Bible, Six-Volume Set is intended to encourage such reading.

    I found that to be quite true and would encourage folk to try it. Always remembering to use your study Bible as well.

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  11. That does sound really good, Mumsee. My church as a whole is reading through the Bible, but I have not been able to engage with that this year. I think the Reader’s Bible would be a better choice for me. The plans of read some here and read some there each day of the year to accomplish a reading goal does not suit my learning style. It feels too disjointed.

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  12. Janice, I found myself needing to read the New Testament as I was reading through the Old. So I did. But I found it an excellent way to read it. Son got if for me for my birthday from CBD. Too steep for me but now I see it is well worth it.

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  13. I am so familiar with KJV that when I read another version, I reinterpret it in my mind.
    Just kidding. But I do like KJv. I sometimes, but seldom, refer to other versions.

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  14. Something occurred to me today about Chickadee and the McKs that I hadn’t put together before. Along with her therapist, they have helped Chickadee to apply for SSI, which she was denied. (If the therapist would do her job and actually assess her for autism, she might have had a decent shot at being accepted for SSDI, but I never thought she would be eligible for only SSI.) They have also helped her to get on the state health insurance, and to receive SNAP benefits (“food stamps”).

    But they have not helped her learn to drive or get a job, even a part-time one in many of the stores around where they currently live.(Hubby and Nightingale were planning on teaching her to drive, but she moved out with the McKs before they could do that. We were also talking about helping her in other ways, in “baby steps”.)

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  15. Chas – I shared this last night, but with your computer problems, you may not have seen it, so I’l repeat it here:

    “Chas – I thought of you when I read this, especially this part:

    Lie #“7. We won’t be us anymore or remember our former lives.

    The idea that we’ll lose our identities in Heaven is Hindu, not Christian. Resurrection will forever reestablish us as glorified human individuals.

    Christ’s resurrection is our prototype. He proclaimed, “It is I myself” (Luke 24:39). When Thomas said, “My Lord and my God,” he knew he was speaking to the same Jesus he’d lived with for years. Job said, “After my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself” (Job 19:26–27).

    You will be you in Heaven. Who else would you be? Since we’ll give an account of our lives on earth, we must remain us, and our memories will have to be better, not worse. Scripture gives no indication of a memory wipe causing us not to recognize family and friends. In fact, if we wouldn’t know our loved ones, the comfort of an afterlife reunion, taught in 1 Thessalonians 4:14–18, would be no comfort at all.”

    https://www.epm.org/blog/2021/Mar/8/let-go-lies-heaven

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  16. For the past three and almost-a-half years, since receiving the life insurance payout after Hubby’s death, each month I have transferred funds from savings to checking to handle the bills and other expenditures, seeing savings go down each month. Although, I have been “saving” some by not “paying” myself the full amount that I thought I would eventually get from Social Security.

    Today, for the first time, the actual SS payment was deposited to my checking account, meaning that I will be able to transfer some to savings, and see it go up a bit. Thankful to God! Also thankful for Hubby, for all the years he faithfully worked to provide for his family, and in doing so was providing for his wife’s future. 🙂

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  17. Karen. I haven’t had to deal with the non-Christian interpretations. I have never had to deal with the “lies” you speak about. There are foreign heresies that have no basis om Scripture. I dismiss those wherever they come from. I have had to deal with “Christian” interpretations and non-Christian arguments. But not heretical lies.

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  18. My older children were required to do some of their work in the KJV for ABeka. They can read it and understand. I was not a believer as a child so never grew familiar with it while young and mentally flexible. I get lost easily.

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  19. Chas – That #7 that I quoted reminded of me of your wondering if you and Elvera will know each other in Heaven. It seems to indicate (and I believe) that you will. That’s why I shared that part in particular.

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  20. Kizzie I have been wondering if something has been happening with the McK’s and your girl that is not above board. I only consider such a thing due to something that happened with my daughter’s sis in law’s family. Their oldest daughter has Asperger’s…she is 24 years old. Last year she met a young man online…he is Autistic. This family drove down from MN, packed her up and moved her in with them. The girl’s parents were unaware as to all of this happening. She is of age therefore they could do nothing. So now this young “couple” are living with his parents and drawing SSID and the parent hosts are getting “their” money. (This young lady had never received any gov’t funds while living at home) Consider I am just hearing about this from my daughter and have no “first hand” knowledge of the details of the mess…but I suppose stranger things have happened… 😢

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  21. NancyJill – As much as I am not pleased with the McKs, I don’t think that they would intentionally use her that way. Instead, I think that they are – for whatever reason, which they probably don’t even realize – making her dependent on them and governmental aid instead of helping her to learn to be independent (or at least try – she may never be able to be so). Of course, whatever aid she gets benefits them in some way, or at least makes her a little less of a financial burden.

    From my point of view, I don’t feel sorry for them if Chickadee is a financial burden on them. (I’m assuming they must pay for any new clothes she gets, and until recently were paying extra for groceries, as well as for the eating out that they do.) They hid from us the knowledge that she would be moving out with them. If we had known, we could have worked with her to make things better for her here, or at least worked on some better understanding between her and Nightingale, even if she still decided to go with them.

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  22. I have been pondering and rereading the post that Tychus, forgot his spelling, posted on the weekend news thread on the vaccine. very interesting. I bookmarked the link, but haven’t watched the video.
    Pray for wisdom today as I am subbing in grade 5 in the afternoon.

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  23. Kizzie, it appears that there is no backup plan if anything happens to the McK parents. That should be a major concern of theirs if they love the three girls. Are the parents independently wealthy with abundance to leave the three girls well off when their time of death appears? I know you probably think of such things. Your Leon loved you to have provided for your future in his absence. So thankful for you getting these new benefits going.

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  24. Janice – All the time I knew them, they complained about being “poor”. But at the same time, they are not frugal with the money they do have – going out to eat or getting take-out at least a couple times a week, each year attending various events that are expensive, as well as other various examples.

    When they were looking for a new place to live (you may remember that it took them 11 months from our request to finally move out), Mrs. McK would often lament to me about how hard it was to save up the money for first-and-last month’s rent and a security deposit for a new apartment. So we drastically cut their rent (which was already below market value), almost in half. Sometime shortly after that, we heard Mr. McK talking about the wide-screen TV he had just bought to use as a computer monitor.

    Although YA has a college education, she has not had a real job for the past 11 years since she graduated, and now claims that her asthma is too bad to have a job. (But as I have mentioned before, she can go to various all-day events whenever she pleases, and often babysits all day for a working friend.) Her younger sister, CBF (Chickadee’s Best Friend) recently got her license to be an LPN, but I don’t know if she has been able to get a job yet. CBF may end up having to support her sister and my daughter at some point. 😦 (If that’s the case, she should start studying for her RN degree, because an LPN’s wages are not gonna cut it to support herself and two other adult women.)

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  25. There is a reader’s version of the KJV, published by Cambridge University Press, which I have. It puts the text in paragraph or poetic format. It is one of three print Bibles I own. The other two are a Reina Valera that my family gave me in my Spanish studying days, and a KJV Hebrew Greek Study Bible. I also have ebook versions of the ESV and the HCSB. I have been reading through the HCSB, and reading the familiar passages in slightly different wording has brought out passages that I had not previously noticed. I remember reading C.S. Lewis’s thoughts on a newly published Bible translation, in which he observed that the beautiful languageof the King James Bible could sometimes serve to obscure the message. The King James is my default, but it is a definite benefit to read other versions. I came across an ESV reading of Isaiah 8:11-13 and thought it much more accurate to the original Hebrew meaning, which I looked up, as well as being very pertinent to current events:
    ‘For the Lord spoke thus to me with his strong hand upon me, and warned me not to walk in the way of this people, saying: “Do not call conspiracy all that this people calls conspiracy, and do not fear what they fear, nor be in dread. But the Lord of hosts, him you shall honor as holy. Let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.”‘

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  26. One situation with the KJV is that many of its words now have a different meaning than they once did, as our language morphs and changes through the years. I have seen someone interpret a verse using the current definition of a word that had a different meaning back in the 1600s.

    There is a Christian blog I have seen a couple times with a KJV-inspired title – Preventing Grace. I can imagine someone seeing that and wondering why anyone would want to prevent grace. 🙂

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