21 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 2-6-23

  1. Everyone must be busy this morning, or sleeping late.

    I read Charles Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening devotional. Today was this:

    “Praying always.”
    Ephesians 6:18

    What multitudes of prayers we have put up from the first moment when we learned to pray. Our first prayer was a prayer for ourselves; we asked that God would have mercy upon us, and blot out our sin. He heard us. But when he had blotted out our sins like a cloud, then we had more prayers for ourselves. We have had to pray for sanctifying grace, for constraining and restraining grace; we have been led to crave for a fresh assurance of faith, for the comfortable application of the promise, for deliverance in the hour of temptation, for help in the time of duty, and for succour in the day of trial. We have been compelled to go to God for our souls, as constant beggars asking for everything. Bear witness, children of God, you have never been able to get anything for your souls elsewhere. All the bread your soul has eaten has come down from heaven, and all the water of which it has drank has flowed from the living rock–Christ Jesus the Lord. Your soul has never grown rich in itself; it has always been a pensioner upon the daily bounty of God; and hence your prayers have ascended to heaven for a range of spiritual mercies all but infinite. Your wants were innumerable, and therefore the supplies have been infinitely great, and your prayers have been as varied as the mercies have been countless. Then have you not cause to say, “I love the Lord, because he hath heard the voice of my supplication”? For as your prayers have been many, so also have been God’s answers to them. He has heard you in the day of trouble, has strengthened you, and helped you, even when you dishonoured him by trembling and doubting at the mercy-seat. Remember this, and let it fill your heart with gratitude to God, who has thus graciously heard your poor weak prayers. “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.”

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  2. Good morning!
    Beautiful header, and good words in the devotional offering.

    I got up at 5:45 since I have grown accustomed to getting up then. I did my Bible study early. I wish I could continue with that!

    My Bible study is in Romans, and today was about God grafting in the Gentiles when Jesus was rejected by the Jews. God hoped that jealousy would prompt the Jews to get on board with Jesus. I thought about what might be the reason to desire what the Christians had and realized it must be the Fruit of the Spirit.

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  3. Good morning, all. Another beautiful day in the neighborhood. Looks like freezing rain or a mix or maybe just rain or none at all. Should be another great day.

    No sign of daughter this morning at six. One would have thought that she would have been here to pick up her children but not so. He has had them the past four days but apparently she wants him to watch them the next three as well as her babysitter (our daughter in law) has opted to go to the burial for somebody she never met but it will look cool on tiktok or whatever if her make up is right. Do I sound cynical? No, just calling it for what it is. Bizarre. Anyway, son in law has an appt about a job tomorrow so I have not heard the plan for the children. I don’t understand how she can say he is a threat to her and the children and yet insist he watch them all the time. I don’t understand how she can say he is a threat to the children and yet keep them in a house with open alcohol within reach, vaping, smoking, and a pack of dogs who fight regularly all in the house. Having done foster care, I do realize the standard for parenting is rather low.

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  4. This is so weirdly true these days.

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  5. I’ve wondered, occasionally, if you miss all the WWI information I fed you for so many years. If so, here’s a video:


  6. War is awful.

    Some things are more horrible and thus some wars may be necessary.

    But it still remains, war is awful.

    The church (universal, leaving out the pacifist branches) has held to a “Just War” theory for many years which attempts to define when a nation is justified in waging war.

    Not always easy calls to make, of course, in the middle of violent chaos that affects so many innocent lives.


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  8. Well, my day off is mostly a house-cleaning day, which is good.

    Dusty in here now after sweeping and pulling 2 large blanket bags off the top of the armoire in the bedroom. Much of what’s in those will be given away, I think.

    And I closed up Abby’s dog crate for the day, I think I will have to start doing that as she’s taking “refuge” in it too often, including when it’s her walk time. I’ll open it up in the evenings and at night, but during the day I think her training will make much more progress if she doesn’t have that to slip into all the time.

    Between that (the crate is huge) and 2 dog beds, she has taken up quite a bit of real estate in the front room.

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  9. I think it is cool that you refer to the front porch as “the front room”. That must make your home feel larger. And you live where that works! Sometimes I have heard those referred to as “the Florida room” but “the California room” would work as well.

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  10. mumsee.

    Just back from a nice, long and brisk walk with Abby up to the park with all the duck ponds. She’s getting better on the walks, sticking to my left without pulling. The double-handle leash is also helpful, and her new slip-on martingale collar.

    She’s a good girl.

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  11. I see some enclosed front porches in my neighborhood, they look nice. Mine just has the wood railing/frame (which will need repainting this year) around it & a slanted roof overhang for cover and shade. Would love to put tiles or faux tiles on the slanted porch roof someday.


  12. trying to resubscribe to world magazine email updates. I think that when my email was disabled for three days my account got blocked. Same thing with Daybreak inside.


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