31 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 7-29-22

  1. Good morning to all. Got a new device to get back online again. I was dreading getting a new phone, but bit the bullet and did that, too. Technology can be a challenge for some of us. It can be such a blessing, too, the same as so many other things. We were blessed with a wonderfully patient clerk. She, clearly, loves her job and it showed.

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  2. Good Friday morning!

    I still can’t get use to school starting back so early. Next week?

    I told Art I was so thamkful we homeschooled and began school in Sept. except that we always went through the summer doing math.

    Math was great fun when it could be the sole concentration. It was haphazard the rest of the year except when he did upper level Calculus, etc. with outside teachers on a normal school schedule.

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  3. Thankful, Kathaleena, that you had a pleasant experience getting the phone. My brother just got a new one, too. He felt agitated by the experirnce and still misses (two phones ago) his flip phone. I was talking him down from wanting to throw the new phone down and explained gently that everyone has a learning curve when they get a new phone.

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  4. Met with the surgeon yesterday and they sent me away with a ton of stuff — schedules, things to do (I need to make my post-surgery PT reservations today or Monday as they’re apparently booked far in advance these days). I have another pre-op appointment this morning, two more next week and will have to report to the hospital 3 days before surgery for a formal covid test.

    Honestly, it never stops. And I’m still trying to work in between all of this — I have 2 phone interviews and a story to turn in today plus another story to work on.

    At least it’s Friday.

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  5. Morning….yay it’s Friday. Just reading your schedule brings exhaustion Dj….hoping you can sit back this weekend!
    Math=brain hurt…..
    Thankful the online issues are corrected for now Kathaleena. Seems there is always something with phones and computers. It does cause me to want the old days of tethered phones, no voicemail, punch the button cash registers. When I started my first job at 16 there was no credit card device. If the customer was known and they didn’t have the money the purchase would be written down on their “account” to be reconciled at the end of the month!

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  6. Interesting thoughts from today’s My Utmost for His Highest.

    Do these ideas match your experience?

    In the Bible clouds are always associated with God.

    Clouds are the sorrows, sufferings, or providential circumstances, within or without our personal lives, which actually seem to contradict the sovereignty of God.

    Yet it is through these very clouds that the Spirit of God is teaching us how to walk by faith. If there were never any clouds in our lives, we would have no faith. “The clouds are the dust of His feet” (Nahum 1:3).

    They are a sign that God is there.

    What a revelation it is to know that sorrow, bereavement, and suffering are actually the clouds that come along with God! God cannot come near us without clouds— He does not come in clear-shining brightness.

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  7. dj, that is so much to go through. In all Art’s surgeries/procedures, he has never had so many ‘before’ appointments. Especially in these Covid days when the medical systems are all about limiting exposures, for that reason alone, I am mystified and shocked at all you mentioned!


  8. Thinking on biblical thoughts (thanks Michelle) I was struck by a church friend’s post recently; she’s going through treatments for incurable breast cancer (she’s young and beautiful, mom of 4 in their early 20s including one in seminary):


    ~ I was encouraged by a quote I saw on FB recently by JC Ryle, a well-known, 19th century Anglican bishop. Here’s what he had to say about affliction:

    “Affliction is one of God’s medicines. By it He often teaches lessons which would be learned in no other way. By it He often draws souls away from sin and the world, which would otherwise have perished everlastingly.

    Health is a great blessing, but sanctified disease is a greater. Prosperity and worldly comfort are what all naturally desire; but losses and crosses are far better for us, if they lead us to Christ. Thousands at the last day will testify with David, “It is good for me that I have been afflicted.” Psalm 119:71 – ”

    The medicine of affliction can taste bitter from day to day, but if it leads us to Christ, it is indeed good for us. ~

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  9. Now DJ, if math is torture you’re just not doing it right. I found a very old discarded math book at our favorite used book store. It has beautifully aged paper. I plan to tear it up and use it to make collages. See? Math can be very fun. ;–)

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  10. Glad that’s behind you, dj.

    Art saw the cardiologist today. He was pleased and cut appointments to annual!

    And, definitely, math is fun when taught properly!!!!!
    5×Fun to quote Kevin😀

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  11. Boy loves math, and is excellent at it. He enjoys math games. In school testing, he scores in the 90-something percentile. Nightingale is good at math, too, but she’ll even say not as quick at it as her son is.

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  12. Michelle – That was interesting about clouds, and reminded me of a vivid dream I had soon after we moved into this house (which was 22 years ago come August).

    Hubby and I saw a cloud coming down very low, and it was right in front of our upstairs windows. We were in awe of such a thing happening, and we wanted to reach out and touch it, but the dream ended before our hands could reach it. I have often thought of that dream and wondered if it had any meaning in it from God.

    We certainly have had our share of cloudy times in the 22 years we’ve lived here, but we also each drew nearer to God and deeper in faith through those cloudy times.

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  13. That’s a fascinating dream, Kizzie.

    I am glad that Boy loves math. He can do a lot with it if he chooses to pursue higher education in that field. We played many math games while homeschooling. Have y’all ever played Mancala?

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  14. Janice – I’m not sure which games he plays, but that one doesn’t sound familiar. There are some games on an educational website that he enjoys.

    Nightingale tells him that he should go into engineering. I joke that that’s a good idea because it would be fun to drive a train. 🙂

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  15. I read to Mrs B some of the comments about math, which she found quite entertaining.

    Then she asked me how old the Boy is now, and I wasn’t sure. I’m guessing 11 or 12? Kizzie?

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  16. Kevin – Boy will be 12 in October. He is about as tall as I am now. (Not that I’m tall – about 5’3 1/2″.) It seems so strange to be eye-to-eye with my grandson, who I used to call Little Guy on here. Not so little anymore!

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  17. I played Mancala years ago when, although I don’t remember how to play it. I was homeschooling my youngest and played a lot of math games.

    My husband has a flip-phone that he seldom uses. I was hoping he could use my old I-phone, but we found we couldn’t do that. He could have put his number in my old one, but the extra cost wasn’t worth it. We are mostly together, and he can carry his flip-phone when we are not. He is not into technology at all.

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  18. My son loved math, the daughters not so much. He did Calculus as a high school sophomore, they didn’t get past Algebra 2. I think he gets it from Mrs L, as she was a math major.

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