WHICH LID?

I unloaded the dishwasher putting containers and lids on the cabinet. Now I need to match them. The problem is that although they are the same size and look compatible, sometimes they are not. If I match certain lids some some containers, I get a combination that leaks!

I have never had a Kerr glass jar and a Kerr lid of matching size that leaked. Or did I? I guess I don’t know that for sure because I do not add liquid then turn it over to drink. But I don’t think they leak.

What do I think? You know me and my questioning cause and effect. I like certainty and I like to be able to prove it. I guess that is one reason I do not trust the covid vaccine. I know that a vaccine is supposed to be a guarantee against a particular disease. However, I watch for effect, I see a whole lot of things that make me vascillate regarding my trust. If I drink will I get a lot of water running down my neck?

I like glass better than plastic. I don’t think it is apt to get nicks that I don’t know about. In other words, have side effects that haven’t shown up on the last hundred years. Of course, it does break, but then I know better than to use it. And nobody has ever told me I have to use it. If I were in a desert and needed water badly, would I use a cracked container to hold some water! You bet.

But right now, I’ll call the whole thing off, in other words, I’ll put a lid on it. 😀

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Instructions in SoCS is that our writing is to be unplanned and with little, if any, editing. I guess just see how our brain rolls. Anyway I’m not proofreading. Just laying it all out 😀 I’m also sending along a special thanks to Linda. It takes a lot of work to do what she does.

Written for Stream of Consciousness Saturday, hosted by Linda G. Hill, https://lindaghill.com/2021/10/08/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-october-9-2021/

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BAKER’S DOZEN – OCTOBER 8, 2021

SHOP IS OPEN, COME ON IN.  Mask or no mask fine with me, but choose an un-sugared donut if you plan to eat it here with a mask on.   I am serving quite a mixture.  Eat what you want and spit out the rest NO, NO, NO!  I DIDN’T MEAN REAL SPIT.  Just an expression.  Seemed applicable.  Sorry. Look what I’m serving.

1.  WHY I DOUBT THAT WE had an honest election.  FROM ARIZONA AUDIT.  More than 23,000 mail-in ballots sent to invalid addresses were included in the vote, despite the fact that mail-in ballots are not supposed to be forwarded.  This discrepancy alone exceeds the Biden margin of victory (less than 10,500) in the entire state. (I plagiarized this statement from somewhere; sorry I’ve forgotten to whom I owe credit.)  Another reason I doubt, is that I do not believe more than half the country that —oh well, I’ll not go further.

 2.  “PLEASE DON’T JUDGE even when one has been caught in a sin. By the time it has turned to gossip ……they may have already asked Jesus to forgive them and they are no longer guilty.  (Statement made to my sister’s SS class by a beloved teacher from times gone by.)  I add, God might think you are lying.  Those sins have all ready been cast away forever.

3.  SIT DOWN AND SHUT UP, mind your own business, and get to work. Have you ever heard those words? Or said them? School teachers have learned to refine them a bit – even I was not quite that blunt! If you have, take comfort in being Biblical! I Thes. 4:11 “make it your ambition to lead a quiet life. You should mind your own business and work with you hands just as we told you.

4.  THANKFUL: “Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.” Col. 2:6”  BUT HEAVY IN HEART: “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. (Col. 2:7)

5.  OH, MY, WHAT A LOVELY BUT SAD LOSS.  My heart grieves for my sisterhood who paid for new, lush, and lovely botoxed lips just before the mask mandate.

6.  OCTOBER 6TH AND I CAN’T find fall décor in the Dollar store or Dollar Tree.  Don’t know about Walmart.  I think Hobby Lobby has some.  But I have a dollar tree budget.  I have a feeling someone somewhere is messing with our economic system, supply, demand, transportation.  WHATEVER!  I still need Fall for October!  (I hate the expression, “whatever.”  But it is better than driving me to drink.)  HORRIBLE THOUGHT.  What will inflation do to my dollar tree budget?

7.  DID I JUST MENTION INFLATION?  Has anyone else noticed?  We got a 1.3 percent Soc Sec raise in 2021.  I think our President is going to give me more for 2022.  He is in a giving mood.

8.  HEADLINE TODAY.  “Characterizing cancer as a “war” assumes it can be won.  Is that too simple?”  Birthday in Heaven today for my sister.  She fought that war for fourteen years.  Most of it was a life worth living.  And we were glad.  The last couple of years she lost a lot of battles.  Then she left us.  I’m just saying, I’m glad she fought.  I do think cancer can be fought and sometimes won.  Or it can be surrendered to and lost.  My mother’s husband (after my daddy passed) endured the pain of cancer and death of his first wife, then he went through it again with my mom (second wife).  He was diagnosed with cancer shortly after, he appeared to not want to fight anymore.  He died within a few months.

9.  GOD IS ALL MIGHTY.  HE NEEDS NOTHING FOR HIMSELF but he needs us to run the earth.  Just look over the job careers he used to build the tabernacle:   Perfumer (maybe pharmacist, maker of incense), Embroiderer/Needleworker/Dyer/Spinner/Weaver, Engraver, Jeweler, Stonecutter, Tailor, Metalworker.  And of course, he needs the jobs that keep the home fires burning.

10. COVID19?  STILL SCARING the daylights out of many folks.  I’m doing what I want to do mostly.  At my age, that  is not very hard.  Someone said on blog that those of us who don’t get vaxed are fearful.  What?  I thought those who do get vaxed were fearful.  A whole lot fearful of losing a job.

11.   Do what you want with the vaccine, but don’t put my babies in masks.  Science?  Are you kidding.  So we shut off their oxygen supply and clamp carbon dioxide in their face. I thought science has been telling us how bad carbon dioxide is.  Wasn’t that what made John Kerry rich? Maybe keeping it in the childrens’ lungs will make less in the atmosphere.  Perfect answer to global climate dangers. 

12.  I AM GOING TO SHORT YOU today with my baker’s dozen; just 12, I’m not giving 13.  Again I will blame inflation and the fact that our political elite are not funny anymore.  They only make sour dough. 

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THE TEAPOT CURSE

Funny Story, no spiritual significance unless I am gossiping. Hope not. Don’t think so since you have absolutely no idea who this story is about. Neither do I know her; I don’t think I ever knew her name. I did know where she lived

We have made changes on our front patio. Have a table with two new black rocking chairs. It looks comfortable and pretty. Sitting down a bit I looked around and remembered another year, another day, another table with a couple of chairs. I was sitting at one, when a lady walked up. I invited her to sit down and we began to chat.

The lady was greatly disturbed at the police. I tried to talk her down, to calm the situation. She got angry and shouted at me, “Just you wait, in the morning your lawn will be covered with … tea pots.” With that she left me. Sort of sad, but also sort of endearing that the worse she could wish upon me was a lawn full of tea pots.

I remember when people could be angry, even at the police, without being vicious.

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HABAKKUK

Most of you were with me on a study of Habakkuk last year. I will not repeat them at this time; however, I did want to insert this Book here so you can see where he stands in the lineup of minor prophets. Those of you who are new or if you wish a review, here are the links:

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RENTALS

Buying a starter home is cheaper than rent in two dozen metro real estate markets.

I have been holding this headline for more than a month, but it is too good to pass up without comment.

If buying were not cheaper than renting there would be nothing to rent. Does USA Today think the average Joe who wants to invest in something is going to invest in something in order to lose money.

Not unless they have enough capital to need losses for saving taxes or something like that.

We have bought two homes which we rented out when we moved. Of course, we asked for more than our monthly payment. Had to. Lost a lot of money anyway, considering unpaid rent, maintenance, and having to pay on capital gains – or something like that. We would not have had to pay that if we had sold immediately rather than renting to someone.

Then you have a federal agency like CDC who can order non-eviction for non-payment of rent!

Now I acknowledge there are unfriendly, stern, hostile, even evil landlords, but this “socialistic” mind set is hard on the honest capitalist!

The following comment I made to Julie on her article about people who have been/are wandering in the wilderness. https://cookiecrumbstoliveby.wordpress.com/2021/10/04/discernment-obedience-and-wandering/#comments

I’m glad there is still hope in the wilderness, but avoiding the wandering there is best. That is a common ploy planted by the devil. He will say, “O sure, it is wise accept salvation, but that means you have to …..” So too many respond by deciding to wait a few years, until death is nearer. In that wait time, there is likely to be baggage added to one’s life that is a burden on the back for all the rest of life – disease, dependents, depression, addictions, financial woes. Very seldom does one get through years of wilderness without the sandals wearing out.

One thing that can weigh a person down for life is never being able to buy a home because of bad credit or other financial issues while wandering. The quicker one tags onto Jesus Christ and starts living by His principles, the better off he is!

AND DON’T BE SURPRISED IF THE LANDLORD WANTS TO MAKE A PROFIT ON HIS INVESTMENT!

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NAHUM

War chariot of the Assyrians, ca 3500 B.C / Kriegswagen der Assyrer, ca 3500 v.Chr, Historisch, historical, digital improved reproduction of an original from the 19th century / digitale Reproduktion einer Originalvorlage aus dem 19. Jahrhundert. (Photo by: Bildagentur/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

Nahum’s ministry was about 140/50 years after Nineveh had repented when warned by Jonah.  Nineveh was the capital of Assyria, the nation which ravaged nation after nation.  They were extremely wicked and God has again lost his patience with them.  He had mercifully extended their time after Jonah’s message and their repentance at that time.  The Assyrians were the ones who dispersed the Northern Kingdom of Israel.  Later the Babylonians captured the Southern Kingdom—Judah, Benjamin, Levi.  These are the tribes people like me consider to be Israel today.  😀  I am no expert but that is an opinion at least common among us Gentiles.  There are scriptures in Revelation that indicate more people from various tribes will be reunited. 

The three chapters in the Book of Nahum all consist of God’s anger, warning, and fall of Nineveh.

Some significant passages.  The kind that make nice mini-sermons.  😀

1:2-7  A nice descriptive picture of the Lord.  Verse 3:  The Lord is slow to anger and great in power; the Lord will not leave the guilt unpunished.  Verse 7:  The Lord is good, a refuge in ties of trouble.  He cares for those who trust in him,…  Verse 15: a prophesy of Jesus “ILook, there on the mountains, the feet of one who brings good news, and proclaims peace! 

2:2 A promise that Israel will be restored.  The rest of the chapter is a warning to Nineveh that calamity is coming.

3:all  A continued list of disasters coming to Nineveh, ending with a direct message to the king of Assyria.  “..your shepherds slumber; your nobles lie down to rest.  Your people are scattered on the mountains with no one to gather them.  Nothing can heal your wound; your injury is fatal.  Everyone who hears the news about you claps his hands at your fall, for who has not felt your endless cruelty?

NOTE:  This is a book in which all prophesy is negative.  There is no mention of repentance and redemption.  The few places of promise and hope are to the land of Israel, not Nineveh.  I believe even then there might have been individuals in Nineveh who were redeemed because every man makes his own choice but God does lift his hand of safety and leaves nations to suffer their own consequences.  He also sends plagues and mighty armies to chastise nations as he did to Nineveh.

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I HOPE TO INSPIRE YOU

Dan is standing in for Linda this week with the prompt for SoCS. He suggests one, two, or all of the following three words: inspire/aspire/expire

So I hope to inspire you with the following Stream of Consciousness.

Sometime before I expire I aspire to inspire some bloggers and other readers to set reasonable aspirations for themselves and strive to fulfill them to the place that they will hear “Well done, Good and Faithful Servant” on the day of the expiration.

First one should be honest and accountable for his abilities. The Bible describes this situation in the form of Talents give to each person. Some people are blessed with ten talents; others, five talents; and others only receive one talent. I have no reason to believe so but I do believe most people are one talent people. The world needs these people performing at their best. We would be in a mess if everybody were ten talent. Can you imagine how we would flood the world with too many ideas and not enough one talent people to get the job done!

This causes a lot of envy and strife because too many people with one talent what what the ten talent people have. However, the eternal rewards will be the same based on how well one used his talent(s). Many one talent people will have achieved their aspirations before they expire. Many ten talent people will die never having been inspired to aspire to their true abilities.

Me? I have to be honest about what I have done in this life; I am getting near the end. I am not a ten talent person. I would be miserable if I tried to do what ten talent people can do. I do think I have had five talents because I have had several different paths in which I have walked and I thoroughly enjoy/enjoyed all of them. – Well, one I never achieved. I always wanted to play the piano; never made enough sacrifice to do that. I no better than a “get-by” cook, but I never aspired to be one.

I do believe I had a ten talent sister. I believe she heard the “Well Done, My Good and Faithful Servant.” How can one want more!

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A rule in SoCS is to not edit. Great! Don’t have to proof this one. Thanks, Dan, for keeping us on the move with this challenge this week. https://lindaghill.com/2021/10/01/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-october-1-2021/

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RULING OF THE JUDGE

I did it but they had no proof – only circumstantial evidence.  There was a vote against first degree because “ill intent” was not proven.  Four men, eight women recommended twenty years for second degree and called it justice.  Justice!  Me, smug and guilty as sin; her, dead and wholly innocent. 

Big Blue walked me, shackled and handcuffed, out the door. A sudden startling light appeared above the temple spire.  The Lamp of the Supreme Judge! 

I cried out: “Please, put me back into the hands of a jury.  Let me plead guilty.  Let me beg for mercy.  Mercy, not Justice.”

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Written for Rochelle’s 100 word picture prompt, Friday Fictioneers. https://rochellewisoff.com/

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MINOR PROPHETS – REVIEW

We have now completed one half (6 of 12) minor prophets.  My goal was to show how these messages from OT prophets are still timely to America in the 21 century.  The heart of man has always been the same—greedy, lustful, unjust, idolatrous.  The love of God has always offered forgiveness to a repentant heart.  Then and now.

I hope I am meeting that simple goal and that any cautions you have held toward reading these books are being mitigated. 

Let me run over at least one idea from each book for you to “plant a stake” to help you connect a highlight with the Book. 

Hosea:    The love of God even when his people play the prostitute role.

Joel:         Plague of locusts against wickedness and the prediction of the Day of Pentecost.

Amos:      The social justice prophet.  Luxury of the wealthy and victimhood of the poor.

Obadiah:  Esau’s linage forsake God and place faith in their location and allies.

Jonah:       God uses a disobedient man to save the city of Nineveh.

Micah:       What God requires of you.  Act justly, love mercy, walk humbly.

Now for a little fun memory technique.  The one that helps me keep these books straight.

As I  visualize them—the sillier you make your mental images, the better you will remember.  I am on my way into the church.  What’s this on the sidewalk?  It’s a water hose (Hosea).  Who put a gate here—it has bars like a jail (Joel)  Look at the tree.  It has moss (Amos) hanging from it.  I run into the tree, resulting my bad eye (Obadiah).  My sister is at the door.  She asks me if I want to join (Jonah) the church.   She sticks her mike (Micah) behind her ear like a pencil!   Oh, dear, what will come next. 

Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi. I hope these books are not as hard as the prophets’ names!!!

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GREEN HORNESS – THAT’S A FEMALE GREEN HORN

Green Horness (ne), 1953

Joe wants his next 3.5 trillion and the GOP is saying no. So the debt ceiling is not raised, so Joe doesn’t get his play money. And it is the Republicans fault if the government shuts down. Not the Democrats who throw temper tantrums if their allowance is not allowed. Do you need a little fun with me here on the sideline? I’ve told this story before but it is timely. So here goes again.

I HOPE YOU LAUGH; I still snicker in remembrance!“He makes me to lie down in green pastures…” I’m glad that is not literal. I was so green the sheep would have grazed right over me. How green was I? Here comes one story – I’ve got lots more I could tell but too much confession might ruin my “D.Min.” image! Aw, you all didn’t even have that image, did you? I will say, however, if everyone had been like me there would be no government budget problem. Maybe some other Okies are/were green; we don’t have as much debt as some states.

Okay, here it comes. I was 18 and had just landed by first real full-time job—a secretary for the Services for the Blind Director in the State Rehab office. (I should never have told this the first time and here I go again!) About mid-morning, I raised my hand to ask if I could go to the bathroom! Then to top that off, a supervisor came by and asked me for some white copy paper, I gave him one piece! I was fairly discerning, however, I quickly recognized by the look on his face, that he wanted more than one piece, and quickly gave him a whole “pinch” of paper—probably ten or twelve pieces!

Yep, I was green. (“God leads his dear children along.”) It was a good job—a marvel how I got it! I was helping an invalid in her home a couple afternoons a week. I’m pretty sure I made 25 cents per hour, three hours per day, two days per week. I walked from SW Bible College to her home around on MacArthur.

Anyway she liked me. She had a friend who was retiring from her job so she recommended me to her friend who recommended me to her boss; and that’s how he became my boss. I ended up with a very good job considering my age and lack of experience. God sure has pulled this green child along at times.

Oh my, what a story to tell on oneself.

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