47 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 3-18-22

  1. Good morning! I was thinking a lot about Chas this morning. Missing him and so thankful we got to soak in some of his wisdom for a long season of goodness.

    I also got to thinking about church and how it really does become the highlight of the week when things are what they should be. I am looking forward to Sundays now again unlike I had done in several years, partly because of Covid, but more because of feeling so down about things that did not seem right where I was. I feel sad in the sense of leaving others behind who have hope things will get better. I had lost that hope there. It just makes this change ever sweeter to see God’s provision for stepping out in faith.

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  2. There is a saying that people come into your life for a reason or a season. Some stay, some go. As far as I can remember I had Chas in my life for 16 or 17 years. I mentioned that I feel the loss of knowing he was praying for BG and me. It was good to hear so many who knew him in real life state that he prayed for several hours a day and if he told you he was praying for you he WAS PRAYING FOR YOU!!!!
    Seasons? I loved my Episcopal Church. I started going there in 1986. It was small and intimate. Eventually they undertook a building plan and built a grand sanctuary. It really is beautiful, but it wasn’t my intimate little church any longer. I refused to enter the new church as it was being built and decorated. Each Sunday we were allowed to walk through it. I wouldn’t enter it until I had to. I clung to the small sanctuary for as long as I could.
    Eventually the Episcopal church lost its mind and I ended up becoming Anglican. Then because I felt like I needed to community of women I found in Sunday school at the Baptist Church I went there for several years. Now I am back at Church of the Apostles and am very happy.
    Mourn the loss of what was. Celebrate what is to come. In other words, don’t cry because it’s gone. Smile because it happened.

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  3. The worthless maid hasn’t shown up at this house in months. I have had enough. Today, while I really don’t have the time I will don my ratty clothes and do my Cinderella duties and clean this filth hole so that I don’t have to burn it down. Ugh.

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  4. Morning! Sweet kitty up there just relaxing on this fine Friday morning..
    Janice I am thankful the Lord has led you to this new place in which to fellowship and worship. ❤️

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  5. I don’t usually look at the cartoons, but I did today in memory of Chas. There are some good ones. Lots to work with given Putin . . .

    On one i was amazed to see it used the word Da which is what Chas was known as to his grands.

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  6. Good morning.

    Janice, I’m glad for the blessings you’re experiencing at your new church.

    Grieving: one of the things I missed most after the deaths of three close friends in 2011 and my best friend in 2020 was their prayers for my family. Their legacies of trust in Christ as they petitioned the Lord on behalf of many friends and family members now carry on as an important reminder of being faithful in prayer during one’s time of grace on this side of eternity.

    In that vein, I will express my gratitude to all of you here who have faithfully prayed for me and my family, as well. For one thing, among many praises I could give, God has heard your prayers about my eye, and today I woke up with no more pain, irritation or visual impairment. God granted me a good night’s sleep last night — poor sleep also affects my eyes, and the time change last weekend no doubt played a role in my inability to get restful sleep — and today I feel wholly restored to good health.

    Thank you, all. I will be praying for you as I spend some time away from here as I slowly go through Jo’s compilation of Chas-isms. Many thanks for your work on that.

    If anyone from the Shull family is reading here, please know my prayers continue for you as well.

    With love,
    6

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  7. Thank you, Six. I also miss the prayers of Chas. And when my mother died that was what I missed most. But as I told Wesley recently, if either of us should go to heaven anytime soon that we can know since we will be up there with Jesus and God’s word says He is up there praying for people on earth so we will be, too. ♡ I often send text prayers to Wesley when he has special needs.
    Chas is in heaven and all his prayer practice here was readying him for his heavenly duties.

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  8. Good morning, all, and good night Jo, though it is coming up on morning Saturday.

    I like that Janice! Interesting thought. He is preparing us so it makes sense.

    And I am glad you and Kim are in good places of worship, it makes such a difference! I know, it is not about the stuff, it is about God. But it is nice to meet together with family.

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  9. 6 it is good to know that you are feeling restored in health! You were so heavy on my heart last night and early this morning. I wondered if perhaps you had a reaction to the chemicals sprayed on the roads during snowstorms like I experience. Some “experts” will insist that Magnesium chloride has no ill effects but many docs will beg otherwise. Every snowstorm they spray that on our roads and it is proven to be a respiratory irritant to eyes, lungs, nasal passages. I experience the constant eye watering and irritation when they spray the roads. It gets on the car and then on the garage floor which exacerbates the issue at home. Continued prayers that your issue is healed and behind you! ♥️

    I keep trying to hit “like” on posts and the little star just fades away…weird and spooky!!

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  10. I planted carrots and spinach yesterday. And radishes. I wonder if anything will come up? We had a spring snowstorm a couple of days ago. We got rain last night but it is supposed to be clearing off and warming a bit.

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  11. It is rainy and nasty in the sunny south today.
    A tree fell behind our fence. The owner of the lot is sending out a tree service to get it and check on another.
    I am making lunch for Mr P amd me. Little Miss is at school. She was not in a good mood this morning.

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  12. It was a strange evening last night, the adult teen son went off the rails, threatening his mom, running up and down the driveway screaming, then getting into his truck and went up and down the driveway, tires and bakes squealing, him yelling at his mom who’s Rav4 was parked at the bottom of the driveway so he couldn’t get out. He kept gunning it up and down the driveway. At some point he rammed he fence between our two properties and also hit his mom’s car (which was towed off later last night after he finally peeled out of here and roared down the street).

    Police were here (he was gone by then, but were here earlier before things got so crazy), they came to my door at one point asking if I wanted to file a “hit and run” clam to help fix the fence, I said no — I think the neighbors will take care of it, and it’s really just one plank that was completely broken. But the officer wrote out the information for me anyhow, how to file a claim online.

    The mom went with her kin who live around the corner and I think the son came back late last night with someone else, but no one seems to be there this morning, thankfully.

    I’ve never seen or heard him like that before, he was in a violent rage.

    So pray for the family, the mom’s safety and some kind of help for the son (he’s been in and out of rehab for the past couple years).

    Now on to another work day and trying to figure out how to fix my chair (again).

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  13. (I say “adult teen” son because he’s well into his 30s, maybe closer to 40 by now, but behaves and lives like an out-of-control teen often times — he lives in the garage and has had a job recently, working at a bakery during overnight hours, but not sure he still has that.)

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  14. And that is the future we are trying not to have.

    So, where are we? The doc who is on vacation will have the paperwork signed and ready to go Tuesday at noon. Mike and daughter will drive to Boise and stay with his sister. Then drive to Jerome and check her in. Unless something changes.

    Meanwhile, she has been on best behavior which makes us wonder if we could not just work this out. But we know it is only temporary and then we will be wondering if she will be hurting herself or somebody else, beyond the psychological damage to the younger ones watching her and wondering if their turn will come to lose contact with reality.

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  15. Mumsee, you know the answer to that. I admire you for turning the decision around and around and looking at it from all angles.
    The other side of this is, how old are you and Mike. Wouldn’t you rather see her settled somewhere and used to it than be thrust into just any old place if and when something happens to the two of you and others who may not care as much are making the decision?
    There is no doubt of your love and care for her.

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  16. Papa went and got Little Miss from school. She fell asleep on the way home.
    Today is the first day of the Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival and the Eastern Shore Art Center Outdoor Art Show. I will be headed to the Art Center in a little while to feed the artists who are vendors in the show, their boiled shrimp. Year after year we hear from them that they love this show because of the food we feed them. I am in charge of the shrimp. nI am also in charge of a certain volunteer that gets on everyone’s nerves. She is extremely liberal and thinks everyone agrees with her and she tends to upset people just on a regular basis. Because of her I now have to tell the artists, “There should be plenty of shrimp. (I give them a dozen to begin). Come back after everyone has eaten and I will give you more”.

    I have also gotten work done today. I hit 40 people registered for a class we are having in Pensacola. We will have an instructor fly in every week for 7 weeks to teach it. It’s part of my responsibilities to make it happen. I have.

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  17. I really thought the guy next door was going to physically attack his mom at some point. He hit her car, a fairly new Rav4 with his truck) and the fence, but managed not to put hands on her. (The mom looks very young, she’s petite, a hair stylist — reminds me of the mom in This is Us.) But he was screaming that she was EVIL and running up and down the driveway, charging at her.

    I’m feeling a little PTSD from it all today and I was just the neighbor.

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  18. They’ve been good neighbors, but always with domestic issues. The dad died unexpectedly about 5-6 years ago so it’s been harder since then. First son died maybe 2 years ago after they’d sent him to live with relatives in Mexico to see if he could finally get straight. Police were at their house all the time when he was still alive. It’s been quieter since but now looks like the other son is ramping up in a serious and scary way.

    I’m friendly with all of them, M, the son, once told me — almost boasting — how he used to make just SO much money dealing some heavy-duty drugs, including to executives and some police officers (so he said, don’t think I quite believed that part). He misses the money, he told me.

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  19. It’s all so sad, dj. My thought was that he’d gotten some bad drugs that caused the overboard rage.

    As I was reading that it made me think of the YA novel I had started about a young man with a rage toward his step sister, and her friend developed PTSD for what she witnessed. My raging character had a motercycle.

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  20. Since God is outside of time, I like to think that Chas’ prayers for all are still echoing in God’s ears and will continue. I think that about how my mom would pray for me and my family.

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  21. Twenty often has been on the rampage calling me evil or making pictures of me with that as the heading. Oldest daughter has been trying to guide us toward this for a couple of years now. She has banned twenty from staying over night in her house since twenty lit the fire in her basement and burned the wall, and trying to fix the scorch marks with wood glue she found in the storeroom.

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  22. Tha weather has settled to just a gloomy looking day. Not sure if there will be more storms to follow what we’ve had already. I should check the weather report. At one point while it was still raining I checked the mail and had to stand clear of the stream of water flowing down the street by the mailbox. I probably looked like a comic strip character bent over the stream reaching to open the mailbox while holding an umbrella over it. I would not have done that except I was expecting something.

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  23. So nice to have made it to Saturday. All my conferences are done and now there is time to prepare for next term. Not sure, okay, I am sure that I am not ready to have this class for full days. How will I get my nap?? 🙂

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  24. Someone was making popcorn at school last week. They looked at my airpopper that I keep at school and I showed them how to use it. Then they asked, “But where do you put the oil?”

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  25. Jo, I don’t know if this will help, but I remember taking a blanket to school for first grade. We had nap time when all thirty of us lay on the floor by our desks and rested for thirty minutes. I never went to kindergarten so I am sure it was first grade.

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  26. He was back today, attacked Maria, who takes care of the 100-year-old grandmother (who wisely locked herself in the room); tried to throw Maria to the floor but she held on to something. He also attacked his mom but only managed to pull her hair. Put his fist in the front window on the side facing my house, punching the A/C out. Shattered a bunch of flower pots.

    Lots of screaming, police were called and finally arrived but he’d taken off on foot by then and wound up at a local bank where he was arrested — but police said they’d probably have to let him go.

    The grandmother already had planned to go back to Mexico for 2 weeks so looks like they all cleared out to get her to the airport, I’m guessing they won’t be back so the house will probably be empty and he’ll likely return if he’s let out.

    He was diagnosed once with bipolar, but seems more than that, and Maria told me he was using drugs again, he used to deal. I heard him ranting yesterday about how he’d made so much money that day and his mom had taken it out of his account …

    Anyway, pray for everyone’s safety. I also don’t want him knocking on my door tonight.

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  27. Praying DJ. Sounds like he is mixing up street drugs with prescription and making himself whacko. Dangerously so. Winchester?

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  28. Oh, dj, I am so sorry to hear about how all that spills all over the innocents. I hate illegal drugs and how they are messing up so many people. All the drug cartels have been creating such havoc for far too long. I’ve seen just lately how our state has been creating new ways for law enforcement to crack down on this rampant terrorism (my word for it) that has gotten into our nation.

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  29. I was just thinking this morning about how peaceful and quiet it is here. Just listening to a few birds and occasionally a car. Sounds like I’d better appreciate it while I have it.

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  30. Well, the mom just drove home up the driveway, so maybe they managed to get him held for at least a couple days. But that’ll probably be about all. …

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  31. It is definitely unsettling to have that going on next door. One of the many reasons I am glad for where we live is that the neighbors are not bothered by daughter’s rages.

    I remember when we first got her and were out camping in the National Forest and another couple was set up across the way and she started screaming (that was before she was able to use words). I felt I had to go explain myself to them but they were very understanding. And even stayed around for a few days.

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  32. My thought about prayers is similar to what Kare said – that God remembers them all, as they are always before Him. I think of the mention in Revelation about the golden bowls of incense which are said to be the prayers of the saints.

    So although Hubby is not here to pray with me for our daughters and grandson, I know that the prayers he prayed in the past are still before God’s throne.

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  33. It’s almost 10 p.m. and I heard an ambulance sceaming by on the nearby main street. I was reminded of yesterday when I went by my friend’s home and a fire truck screamed by and I proudly thought that my house is not as near to the main street as her house. But I live much closer to the rumble of train tracks. People, like myself, will find anything to be proud about! Pride has to be so ugly to God.

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  34. That is a scary situation, Dj. Prayers for you. Also mumsee. It seems sometimes that mentally ill relatives will listen better to someone else. A placement like that can be very good for that. I hope it all works out and gives you and the other children some respite.

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  35. I can like things using reader mode. I may check out the other mode to see if it will let me like things.

    Yesterday my email started sending things to “Outbox” and I could not send emails. By today that got fixed and “Outbox” disappeared totally. I don’t know what that was about. Maybe hacking of some sort that gets found and fixed by techies.

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