23 February 2019

God's Word, Saturday 2/23/19

Do they not err that devise evil? but mercy and truth shall be to them that devise good.
Proverbs 14:22 KJV

Isn’t it obvious that conspirators lose out, while the thoughtful win love and trust?
Proverbs 14:22 MSG

22 February 2019

God's Word, Friday 2/22/19

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
1 John 4:18 KJV

God is love. When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us. This way, love has the run of the house, becomes at home and mature in us, so that we’re free of worry on Judgment Day—our standing in the world is identical with Christ’s. There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life—fear of death, fear of judgment—is one not yet fully formed in love.
1 John 4:18 MSG

21 February 2019

Earthquake/Aftershock Update

Just a quick update on the earthquake situation here in Alaska: the frequency of aftershocks has decreased to not much more than the normal background level. 

We still get the occasional 3.5 to 4.4 bump, but only every two or three weeks. In other words, things are nearly back to normal. 

So now we continue to wait for the State inspectors to come 'round and assess the physical damage to the house. (There are some 14,000 claims for them to evaluate; it takes awhile.)

The Years Go By ...

You know time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passage of years.  It seems like only yesterday that I was young, just out of the Navy, finishing college, and then just married. Just yesterday, it seems, I was embarking on my new life with my wonderful wife. Yet at the same time, it seems like eons ago, and it makes one wonder where all those years went.

I know that I lived them all.  I have glimpses of how it was back then, and of all my hopes and dreams.
But, here it is... the beginning of the winter of my life, and it catches me by surprise.

How did I get here so fast? Where did the years go? I remember well seeing older people through the years and thinking that those "older people" were years away from me, and that winter was so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like.   

But, here it is... my friends are retired and getting grey... they move slower and I see an older person in myself now. Darn it. 

Some are in better and some in worse shape than me, but I see the great change. Not like the ones that I remember when we were young and vibrant... but, like me, their age is beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to see but never really thought we'd be.

Each day now, I find that just getting a shower is a real target for the day. And taking a nap is not a treat anymore; it's mandatory!  Cause if I don't of my own free will, I just fall asleep where I sit.

And so now I enter this new season of my life unprepared for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength, and the ability to go and do things that I wish I had done but never did. But at least I know that though the winter has come, and I'm not sure how long it will last, this I know: that when it's over on this earth, it's over. A new adventure will begin!

Yes, I have regrets. There are things I wish I hadn't done, things I should have done, but indeed there are also many things I'm happy to have done. It's all in a lifetime.

So if you're not in your winter yet, let me remind you that it will be here faster than you think. Whatever you would like to accomplish in your life, please do it soon. Don't put things off too long. Life goes by quickly!

So, do what you can TODAY, as you can never be sure whether this is your winter or not ... until it's upon you, and you wonder, as so many do, how that came to be.

You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your life, so LIVE FOR TODAY and say all the things that you want your loved ones to remember. Hope that they appreciate and love you for all the things that you have done for them in all the years past.

"Life" is God's gift to you. The way you live your life is your gift to those who come after.  Make it a fantastic one!

20 February 2019

God's Word, Wednesday 2/20/19

He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.
Proverbs 17:9 KJV

Overlook an offense and bond a friendship; fasten on to a slight and—good-bye, friend!
Proverbs 17:9 MSG

19 February 2019

Global Warming Alert

The Arctic Ocean is warming up, icebergs are growing scarcer and in some places the seals are finding the water too hot, according to a report to the Commerce Department yesterday from the Consulate at Bergen, Norway.
Reports from fishermen, seal hunters and explorers all point to a radical change in climate conditions and hitherto unheard of temperatures in the Arctic zone.
Exploration expeditions report that scarcely any ice has been met as far north as 81 degrees 29 minutes. Soundings to a depth of 3,100 meters showed the gulf stream still very warm.
Great masses of ice have been replaced by moraines of earth and stones, the report continued, while at many points well known glaciers have entirely disappeared. Very few seals and no white fish are found in the eastern Arctic, while vast shoals of herring and smelts which have never before ventured so far north, are being encountered in the old seal fishing grounds.
Within a few years it is predicted that due to the ice melt the sea will rise and make most coast cities uninhabitable.

Oh, by the way ... I neglected to mention that this report is from November 2, 1922 as reported by the AP and published in The Washington Post 96 years ago. This must have been caused by Model T Ford emissions, and coal-fired power plants that were being planned but had not yet been built.

Another Job Well Done

(Note: we've had precious little snow this season, as it's all gone southeast into the Lower 48. Darn it.)

Once in awhile, the weather cooperates with my randomized work schedule. Today is such a day.

We got a few inches of snow yesterday morning, while I was at work. During the day, temps rose to 37°, so the snow shrank and turned slushy.

Last night, as temps dropped below freezing again, we got more snow. So this morning, a non-workday, I was able to attack the snowfall while it's still relatively fresh, with only a few tire tracks in it.

From top to bottom, you can see much of the 270' of driveway. This snow still has a lot of moisture in it, and was rather ... well, chunky. It required a bit more effort on my part than is usual, as the snowblower kept veering to the sides.

But the machine and I managed.

Brushed off and put away. Still a bit wet, but I draw the line at rubbing it with a towel.  :)