85 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 7-17-21

  1. Morning all, welcome to my day. I got to facetime my youngest today. While we were talking her sister peeked in. So the Colorado sister and her children had just arrived in Calirornia. I had no idea what all of their plans were so I was surprised.
    Hard to be so far away and not have any idea what they are all doing.

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  2. Good evening Jo.
    Actually, I was surprised to see th new thread come up so early.
    But I am up and already had breakfast.
    So: I’m back. chatting with you, drinking coffee and ready to go over to the Bible for devotions.
    C U later.

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  3. I was sitting in my chair at the other desk. And I was looking out the window. i saw people going somewhere and, evidently, somethhing to do. And all I have to do is sit here and type this. some wise part of me says delete it.
    But:??
    Wisdom doesn’t prevail

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  4. Good morning, Wanderers! It’s a sunny warm day with popup afternoon shower boomers expected. This is the weather we had here when I was a child.

    I saw a new perennial on a Facebook post that I would like to plant. It is a Scarlett Rosemallow. I will have to see if they can be grown in our area.

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  5. My fifteen year old granddaughter not only got a good check this week from her part time job, but $200.00 for referring a friend to work at the same place. Interesting business environment today.

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  6. Good Morning! That is a fabulous shot up there AJ!! And he seems to be shouting “Ta daaa”!!
    It’s going to be a warm one here today. The guys got home last night and I am thankful they are trying their level best to be considerate of my clean house! Husband will have to toss those tennis shoes in the trash…he has been crossing creeks and rivers in those and it smells as thought something got in there and died! Eww!
    Brother in law doesn’t plan to leave until Thursday…husband’s friend gets in on Wed for a weeks stay…yep…I need a vacation…. 😜

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  7. Cardinals remind me that Christmas is coming. 🙂

    We also have road work coming this week in our neighborhood which will pose some complications for our comings and goings. We have “no parking, tow-away zone” signs posted all along the street at the curb (Charlie Brown is sporting one).

    I was talking to my neighbors, who have no real off-street parking at their house but have a large van and a CRV. My driveway is long so we figure we can stack/line the cars up there on those days, though it will likely limit comings and goings which will be a problem for their now-frequent post-stroke rehab schedule which takes them out at least 2-3 times during the course of the week. There’s at least 1 day, yet to be announced, when cars shouldn’t be driven on the street at all, according to the work notice.

    This happens every several years.

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  8. Surprise, surprise. We are having thunderstorms today. It’s the 13th time this month.

    Yesterday and today were initially forecasted to be clear. Sometime yesterday afternoon, I was standing at my standing laptop desk when all of a sudden, Heidi shoved herself between my feet, which is what she often does when she gets scared. So I turned to look out the window, and – sure enough – the previously sunny sky had turned very dark. Shortly after I noticed that, I heard thunder rumbling.

    The forecast also calls for scattered thunderstorms tomorrow, scattered showers on Monday, and thunderstorms again on Wednesday. Our local amateur weatherman says that we have already broken the record for rain in July by about three inches, and we still have close to half a month to go. Wish I could send some of this precipitation to those of you who need it.

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  9. ah, rain. Memories.

    But you want fire? We got fire.

    Church conference online was interesting — our panel of deacons and elders included a former soap opera heartthrob (circa 1980s) who now has a beachwear clothing company, a physician, an engineer and a seminary student who looks Amish. 🙂

    It’s warming up a little today so the ceiling fans are going.

    The Dodgers play at around 5 today.

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  10. I’m cold and all bundled up. I think that I need to get some gloves out and maybe a hat. We have no sources of heat. I have all of the windows closed and it is still 52 degrees in here. My side of the building gets no sunshine so it will stay this cold for a while.
    So it actually feels like Christmas here, I suppose.

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  11. We got about 10 sprinkles of rain this afternoon! I went into town to get a few things at the grocery and it appeared that it might rain…yep…didn’t even have to turn on the wipers! It is still overcast so I am hoping we actually get a rain shower!

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  12. Kizzie, jump up and down near Heidi, go “POW!” with cheerful abandon, clap and dance.

    It’s a game! It’s all good, it’s all fun. She just doesn’t know it yet!

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  13. Lotsza stuff going on here, Mumsee.
    But nothing important.

    I was trying to think, but can’t come up with anything important.
    I hop[e you hear something tomorrow in Church.

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  14. Ya know, I was just wondering what the heck has happened to mumsee. Lost while camping?

    You pulled a Chas.

    And we’re not always good about finding the wandering sheep around here, obviously.

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  15. In & out is a very good burger place, drive through and tables, but their big business is done through car orders. There’s one in the parking lot of one of our main grocery stores and the line always snakes back and forth several loops (but they’re pretty fast). I think they may still just only be in the west.

    And yes, you can also find Bible references here and there as that article points out.

    ~ There are Bible verses everywhere

    While they’re small and discreet, take a peek next time underneath your cup, on your burger wrapper and fry boats and even on the employee paychecks since the 1980s. The second-generation president Rich Snyder was a born-again evangelical Christian, and his legacy lives on through these Bible verses. ~

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  16. Oh, I just posted this on 7-15. How did I manage to do that? We are being blog challenged today!

    “Nancyjill, I receive emails from Ministry Watch. The exec director is Warren Cole Smith who was with World Magazine. He put out an invite to people in Colorado Springs to a luncheon. Art and I use to attend such gatherings under the umbrella of World Magazine. They were always fun and informative. I thought you might be interested in attending.
    I also want to remind my He wrote:
    “I will be coming to Colorado Springs on July 27, and — if you live in the Springs — I would love to have lunch with you. I’ve reserved a room at a restaurant right off of I-25 at Woodman. For details, click here. I’ll also be in Denver (Highlands Ranch) the next day, Wednesday the 28th. Details for that event here. Lunch is just $16 and that includes a copy of my new book “Faith-Based Fraud.” If you’re around, I hope you’ll join me.”

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  17. I couldn’t resist bringing Mumsee up to date:

    It is Saturday and we are home again. We camped next to the south fork of the Clearwater so of course the water was very clear. Lots of fish. And just across the river (maybe sixty feet wide at the widest) was a family of bald eagles. The parents and two or three young ones. The young were about the size of the adults. When they flew upriver, the kingfishers and dippers were in abundance. They seemed to disappear when the big birds returned. I don’t know why but I might guess. Fun to watch them all.

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  18. Thanks Janice…I may be available to make that one…and this one is closer to me than the last one I attended downtown Springs. I like him very much and enjoyed the small gathering. I was even surprised running into old friends I had no idea were going to be there!

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  19. Janice, the funny thing about her getting the money for recruiting a new employee was that she did not even know who she recruited. I suspect she likes her job and expressed that to a friend who decided to apply.

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  20. Sunday routine is over here. I could not get the internet to work so missed the service here, but watched one from home that I had already downloaded. Good teaching.

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  21. Good Sunday morning from rainy Atlanta. The next several days are predicted to be gloomy weather wise. Would love to share the gloom. Trade ya for some blue skies and low humidity.

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  22. I am staying home today. Something wrong, don’t know what. Achy, head ache, sore throat. May just be the smoke. May be something else but don’t want to take anything to the others.

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  23. After watching last week’s service on Facebook Live and going to the Direction Team meeting on Monday night, I decided I will continue with Facebook Live for a bit longer. I did make a new connection at the Direction Team meeting, a very nice lady who homeschools. I plan to share some of Wesley’s old books with her. She remembered me from a Sinday school class I attended when Wesley was with me probably over the 2020 Christmas break. I introduced myself thinking I had never met her. Since I had my mask on, I was surprised she remembered me. I did not even know she was a homeschooling mom.

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  24. We were in Acts 21 today. Have I mentioned how much I appreciate our pastor preaching directly from the Word. We’ve been in Acts for a year now – except for guest preachers. I love the in-depth teaching.

    We had 10mm of rain last night – the first moisture in a long time. The north of the province is on fire – thankfully it is very sparsely populated but there have been a few small communities evacuated. The smoke is not too bad today, but the forecast is for it to get very bad over the next 24 hours. Along with the rain, there was quite a bit of lightning, so I expect to hear helicopters today, looking for fires.

    The funny thing about finally getting rain was that we called the water truck to top up our pool and fill our rain collection tank yesterday morning. We debated washing the car and leaving it out of the shop. I also left my decorative pinecones out on the deck in a plastic bag. Just trying to get it to rain. 🙂

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  25. For some reason I was just overly tired/sleepy and was up too late to make it to church but did the livestream. We’ve moved into the 2nd chapter of Revelation where the churches are being addressed. So much to ponder. I’m waiting for the Q&A to begin in a few moments now that the service is over, should be a good one. They take questions from the congregation in the hall but also from online viewers who can email them in.

    I just made some eggs, I literally got up as the service was starting.

    And strange, vivid dreams about church, work, the usual wild cast of characters from different eras and settings in my life. In the last dream I was running — yes, running — in the rain next to the ocean, a strange looking moving white drone (or was it a large, odd seabird? I couldn’t tell) overhead; I had a smallish, very cute black-and-white dog on a leash, named Lego or something like that, and was marveling at how wonderful it was my knee wasn’t even hurting that day and I was able to run so effortlessly.

    Then I woke up, realizing church was just starting. Oy.

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  26. And dreams are supposed to only be seconds-long, simple impressing that fly through — yet they “feel” like they’re so involved and must take an hour or more to unfold when recalling them. Strange.

    I do often immediately “forget” dreams once I wake up — I have a memory of them but it’s just a vague grasp of an image or so, I can’t really remember what the dream was per se.

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  27. Who’s read Fault Lines by Fault Lines: The Social Justice Movement and Evangelicalism’s Looming Catastrophe Hardcover – 2021 – by Voddie T. Baucham Jr?

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  28. And ignore that stuttering in 3:43, I was multi-tasking, looking up the book, trying to listen to our Q&A while taking notes on that, writing the post in pieces …

    At least I finally woke up!

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  29. It’s also musical cars here, street work begins first thing in the morning so my neighbors, who don’t have off-street parking at their house, will be pulling their two vehicles up into my driveway, I’ll park at the end of the line, and then we’ll all just be flexible as folks need to come or go.

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  30. I have slept six hours today. Still achy. Still headache. Still sore throat but not as much. This is an official day of rest for me.

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  31. Haus meri finally came. It is raining and she walks 2 hours to come. I told her her first job was to have some tea to warm up. I am having her clean my friends house across the way. We will be using it for Bible study this week. She is such a hard worker.

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  32. I just watched a baseball clip a friend posted on Facebook. There was a hit, the ump called it a fair ball as it touched the line and the Pirates scored three runs. What struck me was that the opposing team thought it was foul and just threw the ball away to the backstop. Then, while their opponents were scoring three runs they preceded to argue with the umpire. They had time to go get the ball and make some outs. But instead, so sure of their rightness, they argued. That seems to me to be this generation in a nutshell. Instead of doing their best, they just want to argue.

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  33. So true, Jo. It is a sad state of affairs in this land.

    Mumsee, I hope by morning you will feel much better.

    I was on the prayer call today with Florence. The others were not available to pray. July is a difficult month to get people together since summer vacation has become so compacted. It use to be that people seemed to stagger their vacations. Not so much these days. In a week or so people will need to start getting ready for back to school. It is another whittling away at freedoms we once knew. I feel it has not been good for the tourist industry. It is like the tax season has been through all sorts of contortions in recent years.

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  34. I made another pizza with leftovers from Wesley’s visit. I even put some shreds of rotisserie chicken on it. I hate to let food go to waste. Art does not like cheese so the toaster oven size pizzas are all mine. My precious . . . spinach, garlic, basil, chicken, and four cheeses. I think I always gain weight the week after Wesley leaves.

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  35. I have a lot of respect for Voddie. I don’t always agree with him (e.g., about a husband being the home’s prophet, priest, and king), but I do respect his ability to change directions when he thinks it’s necessary (e.g., when the family-integrated church movement started making that the one central issue, he stepped away from it . . . I too like to see children in church, not in the nursery and definitely not in children’s church, but it’s not more important than the church’s theology, and focusing solely on that one issue was a problem, and apparently he saw that and stepped back).

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  36. I have had a cold yesterday and today. Today I took zinc and that seems to have taken care of it. However when I did Barton with the older girl, I realized that that is where I got my cold. I cut the session short as she was not feeling well.

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  37. Mumsee, I took zicam this morning several times and I am feeling that my cold is mostly gone. If not, I will use throat coat tea tomorrow.

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  38. My things that I purchased almost a month ago got delivered today. A friend brought them up. He left the microwave by the door while he got the other things. So, of course, I picked it up. Not a good idea. I will be having advil with my dinner and my breakfast. When will I ever learn, when will I ever learn….?

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  39. It ain’t magic, Jo.
    It ain’t daylight either. It’s raining hard out there.
    Otherwise, everything is OK
    Have a good rest tonight.

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  40. We had a light rain this evening, too. The sun rise doesn’t seem to be until almost 7am here. Of course that could be due to the clouds and the fog. Sometimes it is hard to see.

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  41. Hearing from you at the end of my day is a great encouragement. Thanks for being a friend, Chas. Keep encouraging those of us on this blog. We all need it.

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  42. Thanx Jo
    I see on TV where some first responders are being attacked.
    There should be a death penalty for killing/harming a first responder.
    A rescuer should not have to fear for his life.

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