11 July 2020

God's Word for Saturday, 7/11/2020

Ah Lord God! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee:
Jeremiah 32:17 KJV

'Dear God, my Master, you created earth and sky by your great power—by merely stretching out your arm! There is nothing you can’t do. You’re loyal in your steadfast love to thousands upon thousands—but you also make children live with the fallout from their parents’ sins. Great and powerful God, named God-of-the-Angel-Armies, determined in purpose and relentless in following through, you see everything that men and women do and respond appropriately to the way they live, to the things they do.'
Jeremiah 32:17 MSG

10 July 2020

Rioting in The Villages

The rioting in major cities across  the U.S. has spread to The Villages, Florida, a retirement community of 100,000. 

Looters in Florida’s friendliest hometown have especially broken into stores that sell items like laxatives, vitamins, hearing aids, reading glasses, energy drinks and surgical stockings.  

The thugs were easily caught and arrested since they were using their walkers and golf carts to flee.  The protests have been limited to the evening hours because most of the lawbreakers either had doctor’s appointments during the day or rioting would have interfered with their naps. The marches didn’t last that long because many of the demonstrators had to get home to pee. 

In many cases, the demonstrators simply forgot why they were even there.  Officials considered a curfew starting at 9 p.m. but since that’s the time when most of the residents go to bed anyway, it was decided that it wasn’t needed.  Community leaders concluded that part of the problem was that residents were restless because they had too much time on their hands since the recreation centers, pools, theaters, boutique stores and especially the bars were closed due to the coronavirus. 

Community officials wanted to form a committee to look further into the problem, but the next day no one could remember why they needed a committee.

08 July 2020

Before the Next Plague Arrives

Here are a few more funnies, just because.


Gates.....one side is what you know. Where you are. The other side, filled with UNs.... the unknown, untried, and unpredictable.

Many reared in the country or out west, away from cities, know of the gates that are wired, latched, or tied shut. You have to stop your car, get out and take the wire loop off the upright on the gate. Then you grab and lift, and walk with the end of the gate to the side of the track. Go through, then get out and close the gate behind you. Some farms had multiple gates, and you prayed you'd have a passenger so they could manipulate the gates for you.

Some know the newer gates that open only when you run the truck or car over the springs under the ground plate, right up to the gate and then the gate swings open. The key is just driving right up to the gate, having faith that it will swing open. Those are a lot easier, but a lot of the older, get-out-and-work-up-a-sweat gates are still plentiful.

Seems as though I've been running into gates quite often lately. Some are man-made, some are mental, some are to keep others out and us in. Some are locked, some can be pushed open easily, after the flip of a hinge. And some still take a lot of hard work.

I've come to the conclusion that one either opens the gate and takes the first step onto the other side, summoning determination, leaving the old path of the human heart, or stays on this side of the gate, mired in the stuff that keeps us stuck.

If you're guided to a gate, I suspect God might be giving you an opportunity to practice a little faith, a mustard seed faith, and once you've taken the first step, there will be some direction, a path or an open road. Or an answer. All that's required is a spirit of openness, and a willingness to trust Him.

Deep breath. I'll go first.

h/t RCM

07 July 2020

God's Word for Tuesday, 7/7/2020

As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.

Psalm 18:30 KJV

What a God! His road stretches straight and smooth. Every God-direction is road-tested. Everyone who runs toward him Makes it.

Psalm 18:30 MSG

05 July 2020

The Great Pandemic Hysteria

No, not the virus: it's real enough, but isn't the global killer the pols would have us believe. The Progressive office-holders (like the mayor of nearby Anchorage) are doing their best to squeeze every last bit of "emergency authority" out of the situation. The better to unseat Mr. Trump with, you see.

Given the majority of the new "spike" in cases are in folks under 35 or so, and most have either no symptoms, or are sick for only a couple of days, it's not a reason for concern.

This is the virus adapting to live in healthy folks; it's what viruses do, to survive. This is how herd immunity is built.

Wear a mask? Since the CDC, the mask manufacturers, and the honest medical professionals all tell us that the only mask effective is a full-fledged respirator, I'll pass.

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Meanwhile, the recent rains and our 24 hours of daylight have caused all the weeds to go from 12" to 30" in the last five days, I guess we need to attack the yard again. I note that about half the homes on our road haven't done so, but it bothers me.

Ah, well. This too shall pass.  I keep reminding myself we'll have snow in October, so enjoy the green while it lasts.

sigh ...