34 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 12-2-21

  1. Good morning. I remember that beautiful building from last year. It must be Christmas if Chas has heard Bing sing. I love this season of the year. So much beauty in it.

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  2. It’s a slow morning on here. I did the Pigskin Picks first.

    Way too many activities going on these days. Tonight I could attend a Christmas party if I drove in the night for about an hour up to Kennesaw. Saturday we have a Sunday school luncheon. Another day there will be a piano recital at a nearby retirement home. Next week there will be another luncheon for my critiaue group. Church members are invited to assist in gift wrapping at the local international school (refugees) where parents purchase discounted donated toys. I gave a doll and a stuffed reindeer scented with chocolate.

    I am not sure it’s wise to ask the elderly people in our church to go into a elementary school to do anything given we are still in a pandemic. I would love to help, but there is that one factor . . .

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  3. Morning! I remember that shoppe…I want to go in and shop!

    It has been an exciting start to our day. Lu gave a “I see an animal” bark and we went to let her in just as she tore down the porch out onto the property chasing a big bobcat! Thankfully it climbed up a pine and she finally listened and came back to us. He then meandered down the road towards the culvert by my friend’s property… 🐕 🦁

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  4. This has been an odd week. Mrs L goes to work and I stay home. Of course, I’ve been putting in a laminate floor in the living room, which is a lot of work.

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  5. I was going to ask if you got that floor in yet. When you are done, daughter has put several holes in our laminate floor in the dining room (throwing metal legged chairs into it in an attempt to break it). I do not recommend doing that. But when you are experienced, you can come by here and replace those pieces. May require taking the entire thing out.

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  6. I received an interesting email about The Reluctant Convert. Here is a copy and paste excerpt:
    “Last summer, the movie industry gatekeepers we were working with told us our first film, The Most Reluctant Convert, would receive only one showing on one night in a couple of theatres in select cities. They expected that this film would generate about 20,000 tickets nationwide.

    We were on a “prove it” deal with the movie chains, who were not enthusiastic about giving screens to a first-time film producer with no track record. If I were in their shoes, I might have made the same decision.

    However, I trusted that if we invested wisely to give the movie wide exposure, this film about Lewis’ journey from atheism to faith in Christ would far exceed their initial expectations.

    As soon as tickets went on sale in mid-September, these gatekeepers took notice. They immediately began adding screens and cities. By mid-October, they tripled our inventory of seats in the U.S. by adding more showings on Nov. 3, a few showings on Nov. 4 and a much wider distribution on Sunday, Nov 7.

    Soon after, they added 43 screens in Canada and 14 screens in the United Kingdom including Oxford and Cambridge, where Lewis lived and taught and where we shot our film.

    Then on our premiere night of Nov. 3, God did something amazing. The Most Reluctant Convert: The Untold Story of C.S. Lewis was the No. 2 film in America, behind only Dune. And we ranked No. 1 nationally in per screen average!

    That sort of thing gets noticed in the film industry. But what impressed me was that 100,000 people experienced C.S. Lewis’ journey to faith in Christ in one night! That is more people than see our work in our busiest year of theatrical tours and productions.

    Then all three of the major movie chains in the U.S. did something that we were told had never been offered to any other faith-based film that began its life as a one-night event. They gave us a regular run of three-to-five showings per day for the entire week of Nov. 12 to Nov. 18! And then extended two more times! Once through Nov. 25 and then again through Dec. 2!

    Not only that, but the U.K. jumped from 14 cinemas on Nov. 7 to 88 showing the movie on Nov. 14. As of this moment, we don’t have a final count, but we expect over 250,000 folks saw our movie from Nov. 3 to this week in the U.S., Canada and in the U.K.

    Endorsements and reviews have since flowed in from people like Tim Keller, who said the movie moved him and his wife “to tears.” And Os Guinness, who called it a “miniature masterpiece.” ”

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  7. Lu!

    Yikes.

    I’m waiting for the port of la meeting to begin. It was foggy again last night and this morning, they were canceling and diverting flights at LAX.

    Still no rain in the forecast for the foreseeable future. But fog provides some cool moisture at least. Fog = the new rain for us.

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  8. Today’s Streams in the Desert, I’m sure you’ve heard this one:

    Steel is iron plus fire. Soil is rock, plus heat, or glacier crushing. Linen is flax plus the bath that cleans, the comb that separates, and the flail that pounds, and the shuttle that weaves. The human character must have a plus attached to it. The world does not forget great characters. But great characters are not made of luxuries, they are made by suffering.

    I heard of a mother who brought into her home as a companion to her own son, a crippled boy who was also a hunchback. She had warned her boy to be very careful in his relations to him, and not to touch the sensitive part of his life but go right on playing with him as if he were an ordinary boy.

    She listened to her son as they were playing; and after a few minutes he said to his companion: “Do you know what you have got on your back?” The little hunchback was embarrassed, and he hesitated a moment. The boy said: “It is the box in which your wings are; and someday God is going to cut it open, and then you will fly away and be an angel.”

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  9. Chas made it to the prayer thread, but not here.
    Today is our Christmas Chapel. Kinder and grade 1 will sing first. I am telling mine not to run during recess as they come back so sweaty and tired. I will lure them with an extra recess after chapel. Making an ornament of a star today and beginning our felt nativity.

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  10. How did that happen? Kizzie posted a link to woman within for clothing styles to look at. I looked but did not sign up and now, in my snail box, is a magazine from them. What???

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  11. I mowed up all the leaves on the main section of our yard.

    What a lot of stopping and starting I endured with all the emptying of the mulch bag.

    The before and after views were quite different from each other.

    Art will be home too late to see it, but he should see it in the a.m. I hope more leaves don’t cover it up over night!

    Miss Bosley has been loving all over my outside shoes. She can’t get enough of the fragrance of the fallen leaves I surmise rather than the smell of sweaty feet.

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  12. Mumsee- This will be the last time I do a floor. Next time it will have to be a professional.

    I should finish it tomorrow and have a bunch left over. It’s high quality composition wood with a vinyl wood grain layer on top. I don’t know what we’ll do with the extra, as we still have a box of the kind we used in the bedrooms. I wonder if it is enough for the hallway? Hmm. Maybe the living room won’t be the last time. And now that I bought a jigsaw…

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  13. Mandatory water conservation measure have been put in place again in LA city.

    And the county’s first Omicron case has been confirmed, more to come no doubt.

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