The Wall 2-24-21: Pergamum Discussion

Here is our discussion and prayer regarding the letter to the Church in Pergamum from Revelation chapter 2.

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2021 Home Photo Challenge 2-25-21

The Home Photo Challenge was fun for me last year. Since I do not think much is going to be changing for me in the way of travel this year, I am going to continue the challenge for myself into 2021. This year I am going to add a little twist. I will give a brief description of each photo I take and write a Haiku to go along with it

IF YOU WANT TO JOIN IN THE FUN.JUST TAKE A PHOTO IN OR AROUND YOUR HOME AND WRITE YOUR OWN BLOG AND POST THE LINK IN THE COMMENTS SECTION BELOW IT.

A nighttime winter scene at the Vicarage.

Night in black and white.

Light shimmers against the dark.

Fights epic battles.

2021 Home Photo Challenge 2-24-21

The Home Photo Challenge was fun for me last year. Since I do not think much is going to be changing for me in the way of travel this year, I am going to continue the challenge for myself into 2021. This year I am going to add a little twist. I will give a brief description of each photo I take and write a Haiku to go along with it

IF YOU WANT TO JOIN IN THE FUN.JUST TAKE A PHOTO IN OR AROUND YOUR HOME AND WRITE YOUR OWN BLOG AND POST THE LINK IN THE COMMENTS SECTION BELOW IT.

This icicle gets a little longer everyday.

Inch by inch it grows.

Reaching, reaching far forward

Gaining momentum.

2021 Home Photo Challenge 2-23-21

The Home Photo Challenge was fun for me last year. Since I do not think much is going to be changing for me in the way of travel this year, I am going to continue the challenge for myself into 2021. This year I am going to add a little twist. I will give a brief description of each photo I take and write a Haiku to go along with it

IF YOU WANT TO JOIN IN THE FUN.JUST TAKE A PHOTO IN OR AROUND YOUR HOME AND WRITE YOUR OWN BLOG AND POST THE LINK IN THE COMMENTS SECTION BELOW IT.

This icicle on the porch is half way to the ground!

Fingers of ice stretch

Towards the earth. Be ready

For the touch of cold.

Share Your World 2-22-21

It is time for SHARE YOUR WORLD. This is the weekly challenge where our hostess Melanie asks several questions and in answering them we share bits of our world.

This week’s questions and my answers are found below. When you have finished reading my answers please use the underlined link to go to Melanie’s site and see how her other contributors have answered the questions.

HANDSYW

QUESTIONS:  (an “odd” basket full today)

Have you ever ‘butt dialed” someone?  (‘butt dialed’ means have you ever made a phone call that you weren’t aware of making, because the buttons on the phone got pushed by your sitting on them (in your pocket) OR having something in your handbag press against them?).

Yes I have done this a few times, but I have had others (especially my son) “butt-dial” me more than I have done it myself.

If you were given 1000 acres of land, what would you do with it?

I would look at it for a long time. I love big tracts of land, especially when they come equipped with chairs.

What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen on-line recently? 

May be an image of text that says 'THE GROUNDHOG SAID SIX MORE WEEKS OF WINTER SO I ATE HIM'
May be an image of snow

Have you ever eaten something off the floor?  ‘5 second’ rule applies or not (the ‘5 second rule’ is that if you pick up the dropped food within a set time frame, it’s still ‘clean’ and you can safely eat it)?

Of course! Especially when the food is too good to sweep away and throw out….Don’t get me wrong it’s not like I would eat supper off the floor or anything, but a dropped crust or a cookie or something….sure.

GRATITUDE SECTION (always optional)

Feel free to share your gratitude with everyone in the form of a quote, a thought or an image.

The real gift of gratitude is meme - AhSeeit

2021 Home Photo Challenge 2-22-21

The Home Photo Challenge was fun for me last year. Since I do not think much is going to be changing for me in the way of travel this year, I am going to continue the challenge for myself into 2021. This year I am going to add a little twist. I will give a brief description of each photo I take and write a Haiku to go along with it

IF YOU WANT TO JOIN IN THE FUN.JUST TAKE A PHOTO IN OR AROUND YOUR HOME AND WRITE YOUR OWN BLOG AND POST THE LINK IN THE COMMENTS SECTION BELOW IT.

I light these candles in my new prayer space and play soft music to create the quiet I need to focus in on God.

The gentle lights shine,

Flickering hope to each dark

Corner. Shadows hide.

2021 Home Photo Challenge 2-21-21

The Home Photo Challenge was fun for me last year. Since I do not think much is going to be changing for me in the way of travel this year, I am going to continue the challenge for myself into 2021. This year I am going to add a little twist. I will give a brief description of each photo I take and write a Haiku to go along with it

IF YOU WANT TO JOIN IN THE FUN.JUST TAKE A PHOTO IN OR AROUND YOUR HOME AND WRITE YOUR OWN BLOG AND POST THE LINK IN THE COMMENTS SECTION BELOW IT.

My shadow in the snow

The Shadows grow long,

And the light grows deeper still.

We must make ready.

Pastor Nick Fatato: In His Own Generation.

PAstor Nick Fatato our District Pastor came to speak to us in the midst of our transition this week. Here is his sermon and the key Scripture….

36 “Now when David had served God’s purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep; he was buried with his ancestors and his body decayed.” Acts 13:36

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In Absentia

So this week has been…..

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My mother fell down the stairs on Tuesday night. We were pretty sure she had broken her hip. She of course insisted she had not. It turned out the doctors and the X-rays agreed with her.

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Y’know it is entirely possible for a person to have no broken bones and still be entirely broken…..

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While Mom did not break any bones she pulled every muscle on her right side including her back and groin, and the bruise on her hip is massive. She is shuffling with a walker around the new bedroom living room we fixed up for her in the two hours we had while she was in the hospital.

I am so thankful for Jody Clapp who came to our rescue and helped us with our impromptu and o’er-rushed home improvement.

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Over the last three days we have rearranged the entire front of the first floor into an open concept living room- bedroom/ dining room-office.

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We have thrown away a couch, a hutch, six broken dining room chairs, a broken table, an old TV stand, three rugs older than me and about a truck load of bric-a-brac we didn’t even know we had. We have dusted, swiffered, swept, mopped and vacuumed every square inch of this area.

Today I hung privacy curtains which can be drawn across the arch into Mom’s space so I can receive congregants at home as the transition at Cornerstone progresses. I have begun moving my office and prayer center down into this front room so that I can work and help Mom at the same time. I have been sleeping downstairs on the couch so I can help mom with the bathroom at night.

We have met with a nursing agency who is beginning to care for Mom when the three of us are at church ( this will hopefully be temporary but better safe than sorry). I have hired a junk take away guy who is coming on Monday to remove the mountain of refuse from the stone deck. We have made about forty calls tom the doctor and pharmacy (maybe an exaggeration but it feels like that).

THIS ALL LEAD TO A PROBLEM….

In the emergency, my schedule left me. Routine vanished like summer snow. My prayer life became so cursory I hardly had time to say “Thank you Jesus! Amen”. The absence of my disciplines left me feeling like I was absent myself. It has felt like I was on the outside looking in at my life and very…very out of control, not of the circumstances ( I am painfully aware I have no control of circumstances) but of my response to them.

So last night I stopped and reminded myself of why I need my schedule. Why I need my prayer time….. It keeps me sane and keeps everyone else safe.

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So today as we are mostly done with the first phase of the reset at The Vicarage I have begun to restore the patterns of mindfulness and prayer that keep me from becoming absent in my own life and keep me from being a totally unhelpful jerk.

What patterns of mindfulness do you practice to keep yourself sweet?

2021 Home Photo Challenge 2-20-21

The Home Photo Challenge was fun for me last year. Since I do not think much is going to be changing for me in the way of travel this year, I am going to continue the challenge for myself into 2021. This year I am going to add a little twist. I will give a brief description of each photo I take and write a Haiku to go along with it

IF YOU WANT TO JOIN IN THE FUN.JUST TAKE A PHOTO IN OR AROUND YOUR HOME AND WRITE YOUR OWN BLOG AND POST THE LINK IN THE COMMENTS SECTION BELOW IT.

It’s been quite a week at the vicarage. We have restructured the downstairs to accommodate my mother after her injury.

Change often arrives

On the wings of greatest need.

Hardship brings life’s shifts.